Each summer, we look forward to two Eucomis blooms, one of the largest flowers in our garden. The South African natives emerge tall and erect and if they had enough sun, they might stay that way as they move toward full bloom. But ours are in too much shade; when they get heavy, they lay flat on the ground. It’s time to cut and bring them inside.
This year, we paired each flower with just one other for simplicity and to let the intricate beauty of the curved Eucomis stand alone. The larger one was paired with dried luminescent orbs of Lunaria seeds, reminiscent of full silver moons. It felt like an elegant lace collar around the neck, given to dear friends Brian and Sea Bass for their house warming party. (We also brought an unopened bottle of wine to share, not just the recycled one).
A delicate insect with paper thin wings was spotted nearby. Its wings expertly mimic those papery thin insets that sandwich the Lunaria seeds, in the same warm silvery hue and texture. It’s fascinating to spot an insect gravitate to just the right surface where they can blend in for total protection.
The smaller Eucomis flower was paired with Salvia guarnitica, a vigorous perennial that attracts hummingbirds and fat bumbling bumble bees with its rich purple-blue – a rare color in nature. The blue collar was also intended as an anchor, allowing the Eucomis to shine.
Season: late July