Monday, June 13, 2011

The Night Garden

Well, sultry summer nights have already settled in and it isn't even summer yet! It's 95 outside just after 10:30pm this evening. And with these sultry summer nights come the deep, thick fragrances of the night bloomers.

The Datura has begun to bloom and fill the garden with its intoxicating scent:

I'm still waiting for the tuberose and the abyssinian glads to bloom to add to the perfumery the garden becomes at night, but while I am waiting for those to bloom, the Moonflower has just began to bloom. It does LOVE the heat and really takes off once the nights are warm and humid. I so love this vine! It is just gorgeous with those big velvety-white flowers and the gardenia-esque scent:

Notice the gecko in the background there? He thinks he's safe hiding out on the porch and stuffing his face with moths, but danger lurks just above him:

I found this guy literally hanging out looking for yummy little gecko snacks to munch on. Yum.


Amy said...

I just planted moonflower seeds for the first time and you are right the vine just takes off...I am looking forward to the pretty blooms like yours.

katina said...

oh wow, having that snake up there would scare the ever-loving-crap out of me the first time I saw it... but heck, i would have been happy with a snake last night - it was like there was a roach convention going on in my backyard last night.

Pam/Digging said...

We've been seeing a different sort of snake in our garden, one with stripes. But he's done a bit of climbing too.