For this week’s garden inventory, we’re trying to verify the information and labels for plants by taxonomic groupings instead of by planted beds. Our priorities for this inventory round are plants in the Styracaceae family (e.g., Melliodendron xylocarpum), Poaceae (e.g., Harpochloa falx, Berberidaceae (minus Epimedium, e.g., Mahonia ×media ‘Charity’), Ericaceae (minus Rhododendron, e.g., Enkianthus campanulatus), conifers (e.g., Pinus thunbergii) and the family Lardizabalaceae, such as the plant in today’s image, Holboellia angustifolia.
A monoecious plant, both female and male flowers are present on the same individual plant (Vanderbilt University has a small resource that explains sexual systems in flowering plants). Shown in today’s photograph are the fragrant female flowers. Plants for a Future describes the plant as having a “startling blue-metallic colour”, but I’ve yet to see a fruit (or taste its edible pulp!).
Photography resource link: for inspiration, an iris study and tour by frequent BPotD contributor, bbum@flickr (Bill). Bill put together this set of photographs from a recent walk in his San Jose, California neighbourhood. I’ve a personal attachment to irises so his set of photos resonated for me on more than an aesthetic level.