Thursday, July 15, 2010

Crinum, giant potato tree and spider lily

It is a pleasure to be part of Garden bloggers bloom day once again. Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this wonderful event every month. These are all thumbnail images and you can click on each one to view full image.

The first bloom, and because fragrance is my first preference, is crinum lily. They are growing wild in the Lawrence gardens. They bloom in july-October here in lahore. wonderful fragrance.

With botanical name crinum latifolium and common name milk and wine lily they are easiest of perennial bulbs to grow. Two colors are common. The white one below and there is another one bicolor, pink and white crinum.

Another crinum having very interesting buds is Crinum asiaticum with common names spider lily, grand crinum lily. It has the largest bulbs i have ever seen. the fragrance is not very sweet and flowers not very showy but buds are worth capturing.

This is some unknown flower to me blooming profusely in lawrence gardens lahore. any help with the ID will be appreciated.

This is giant potato tree with botanical name Solanum macranthum . Like many other solanum plants, the color of flower changes and you will find many colors blooms on same plant at once. Flowers are very mildly fragrant. A close relative is Solanum seaforthianum with common name italian jasmine, more fragrant than this one, and which i intend to grow from seed very soon.

And last but not least, here comes murraya exotica orange jasmine. The fragrance is divine and unbeatable. Blooming on my terrace in a large clay pot. They bloom extensively in monsoon rains.


Country Mouse said...

Your blooms are large and luscious - our climates are very diferent!

jo said...

Good morning,
I'll echo the previous comment.

Swimray said...

Glad you reminded us that plants can be showy for seeds or buds, too - not just flowers. I never saw the buds before on the spider lily and they brought a smile.

Tufa Girl said...

How observant to capture the spider lily in mid bloom for us. I have smelled the murraya exotica and am in love. Saw a specimen in Fort Worth (Texas, USA) Botanical Gardens. Must see if I can get one for my garden - the scent is magnificent.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Lovely but unusual plants for me. Thanks for sharing.

noel said...


i love your crinum pics, they photograph so well and i loved the lilly in its half bloom state

thanks for sharing your blooms today.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Oh, I LOVE that spider lily in bud!!! I would never have thought that it was so elegant and exotic-looking in that state.

P.S. Could your mystery flower be a thunbergia? Also known as black-eyed-susan vine?

Sylvana said...

That Crinum asiaticum is very interesting. Never saw it before.

The potato tree flowers are great too. I like solanum flowers alot, with the eggplant and nicotiana being my favorite.

LC said...

I am familiar with crinums through reading only... they are quite lovely aren't they?! Larry

angad said...


fabulous shots... the picture marked as 'crinum asiaticum' is actually a 'hyemenocallis' species. the second orange/yellow flowered plant is a variety of 'Thunbergia alata' - Black-Eyed Susan

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

Love that bud! Reminds me of what we call Peruvian Daffodil here.

Wish I could grow crinums! It's just too cold here for them though. They're mostly hardy to zone 7 and warmer. I'd do them in pots but they're not happy there. They don't bloom when I plant in the spring and lift in the fall either, because they don't like to be moved. I think they're gorgeous!

Karen said...

What amazing photos, the one of the spider lily in mid-bloom is fantastic!

Millie said...

I enjoyed seeing your photos today...a beautiful variety of plants!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

So pretty!

Tootsie said...

I am here to see your fertilizer friday were linked in...but cannot find it! hope you have a wonderful weekend

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