I just had to share – this white bird of paradise gigantis was gifted to me from our dear friend Victoria at The Halau nearly a decade ago. For a while it was a very manageable sized plant that lived out front in a pot. Then, deciding it needed more room to grow, I put it in the ground. It grew by leaps and bounds and even became a great stabilizing plant for my grape vine (maybe that’ll produce grapes someday). But after many years in the ground, and its height reaching nearly two stories now, I just wasn’t sure if it would ever bloom. Recently, due to HOA landscaping guidelines, I needed to give it a good trimming back, which included removal of a lot of the little baby plants around the shallow root system. I knew the plant was in a little shock but was doing just fine.
What happened next was nothing short of amazing. At first it started with a couple of very dark purple horizontal pods.
As they opened, I was super stoked-it was actually blooming! They blooms weren’t even the traditional brightly colored bird of paradise flowers – they were violet and white.
Incredible! I guess the best things in life really are worth waiting for. Giddy like a kid with an advent calendar, I couldn’t wait to take pix of the progress of this gift!
Rest in Peace Pedro Orlando Adan-Generao. May the joy and warmth of your smile and life be ever present in the blooms of the flowers and the warmth of the sun on our skin.