This is my second time for getting in on the fun of Wordless Wednesday hosted by my friend Dixie at French Lique, Texas. Be sure to drop by her wonderful blog to see a list of the participants, get the word for the week and find out how to join us!
This is also my second time for participating in Outdoor Wednesday hosted by my fellow Georgian Susan at A Southern Daydreamer. Visit her fabulous blog to see who is participating this week. During this cold and dreary time of year, it's nice to get a little peek into the gardens and outdoor projects of our fellow bloggers!
I would like to show you my ginger lilies. You may not be familiar with this plant as it usually grows in warmer climates, such as we have here in the South. It comes back every Spring and at first doesn't appear to be anything special...tall with regularly spaced leaves like corn!! But then in the Fall, big buds appear and the delicate flowers come out!
They smell like Heaven must smell!! I wish I could upload the fragrance for you! I've had people walking by my house stop to ask me the name of the flowers, lured into my yard by the wonderful smell! These flowers are also special to me for another reason...they came from my parents' house. I dug up as many as I could before my sister and I left for the last time and planted them here in my yard and in my sister's yard as well. They remind me of sitting on the back porch with my dad and enjoying their fragrance. I have since shared them with my daughter who has planted them at her new house!
Photo by L. Todd Spencer
But the biggest surprise came one Fall evening right at dusk! In the dimming light, I could see what appeared to be several humming birds darting around the fragrant flowers, hovering to get nectar, and then moving to another flower. Hummingbirds in the evening???
Photo by L. Todd Spencer
Upon closer inspection, I saw that they were MOTHS!!! Unbelievable! Moths as big as hummingbirds flitting among the flowers at twilight!! They would hover over a flower, unroll their long, delicate feeding tubes, drink the nectar and then move on. I came back several evenings at the same time and they were always there..amazing! I tried for several nights to take a picture of them and I have never succeeded. They have come back every year without fail when the ginger lilies are blooming.
I have since learned that they are white-lined sphinx moths, sometimes called hummingbird moths...not to be confused with a daytime variety. Their name is deceptive, for they are striped with splashes of bright pink! I found a wonderful article by Mary Reid Barrow on HamptonRoads.com which includes amazing video by L.Todd Spencer at the Virginian-Pilot When you watch it, you will understand why I look forward to arrival of Fall every year so that once again, my ginger lilies will bloom and the sphinx moths will make their appearance!