Category Archives: Flowers

Chinese Lantern Plant



Freshly Picked


Opening Soon


Lion’s Mane

This bright orange flower is a staple at the local butterfly garden I visit.  I think it’s kind of interesting and even more so when I looked it up on Wikipedia.  Also known as lion’s tail and wild dagga it is native to South Africa where it is used for a variety of medicinal purposes — everything from treating tuberculosis to snake bites.  Apparently, it also has mild psychoactive properties and when leaves are crushed and smoked, it produces a mild calming effect.  (Yikes!)  Oh, it also attracts butterflies!




Variegated Ginger

Even though I see these plants all the time around The Villages, it was only a couple of days ago that I found out the name.  (Thanks, Barbara).  Really nothing special about them except once a year they give us these interesting flowers.