If you’ve spent time on my blog you know I’ve been very excited about the first bloom on Clifford, our Magnolia macrophylla. Luckily he rewarded us with not only 1 bloom but 2. We were out of town when the first one opened but got to see the second one go from bud to open bloom. Here’s a recap… Even though it has turned brown it's still gorgeous...the petals are so thick and leathery!My Dracunculus vulgaris (Dragon Lily) also unfolded this week. While the smell isn’t nearly as powerful as that of the Voodoo Lily it is still strong enough attract a swarm of flies. There is something vaguely disturbing about getting close to a flower to photograph it and finding it is covered with flies. It’s all worth it though, this one is gorgeous! Up the street from us there is a (seemingly) deserted house; it’s the kind of place that kids would dare each other to go ring the doorbell of on Halloween, if kids still went out on Halloween. The house was built in ’48, I think the original blinds are still hanging in the windows, I hope the original owner isn’t still inside. The house has a built in brick planter under the front window, it’s full of Dracunculus vulgaris.
It’s terribly fitting that a spooky house has an entire jungle of these out front don’t ya think? Every year I’ve wanted to get a close up when they bloom, but always been a little afraid to get so near the house (lest a curse be placed on me), this year I finally did it. I wish I would have had a ruler with me to measure the longest bloom; it had to be at least 12”. I would love to know when they were planted and what the person who planted them was like. This isn’t your normal 50’s gardening housewife sort of plant.