"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
Robert Louis Stevenson

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Giraffe In The Garden

I planted this Brazillian Plume Plant (justicia carnea) last fall.  It is doing quite well in this semi-shady area against the house.  It was beginning to need support and recently I found this wonderful walking stick at an estate sale, so decided to use that.  Now I have a Giraffe in the garden!  I can't wait until this plant blooms.  

Notice the artificial leaf on the walking stick hiding amongst the real leaves; I like to think it is helping the plant stay green.  I read somewhere that if you put red landscape fabric underneath your tomato plants that they will produce more tomatoes.  I will have to try that one day.

Here is a website that shows the magnificent blooms. www.californiagardens.com/Plant_Pages/justicia_carnea.htm


  1. That's a great idea. Very cute!

  2. You shouldn't have to wait long for blooms... I see some buds already starting to form. I love these plants because they bloom most of the year in sun or shade!

  3. I just noticed that one of the horns are missing on the giraffe. All the better, I love to re-purpose broken items and put them in the garden.

    Thank you Jim and Amy for stopping by my blog.

  4. aloha carla,

    wow, i love your quote above....wonderful, i'll have to put that in my book :)

    very sweet post, but i really loved your geranium post prior...i missed my geraniums, they are just to wet to survive in my part of rainy hawaii :(

  5. Noel,
    I know how you feel; I would love to grow all the beautiful flowers from Hawaii. I have had good success with Plumeria and that is good enough for now, don't you think. Of all the fragrances I think that is one of the loveliest.

  6. He is so cute! What a great idea. :o)


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