Generally, brightly colored flowers are my first choice for the yard. However, white ones add sophistication and calm in the garden.
This Moon Flower, Thorn-apple, or Jimsonweed (Datura wrightii Regel) usually produces pure white flowers. This one has a slight pinkish tinge. Not sure why. This is a shady area most of the day with some early morning light.
Datura is a narcotic and if ingested, could be lethal.
This Butterfly plant is in a container. It seems to have done better in the heat than the ones in a flowerbed. It could be because I’m more conscientious about watering potted plants because I’m afraid they will dry out quickly.
This Purple Datura actually looks white with a hint of purple along the edges of the petals. Pictures on the internet show some with a deep purple color. The Purple Datura originates several places in Asia.
The leaves also differ from the white Datura.
Night bloomers, so early morning is the time to see their flowers.
Seeds from Clammy Weed from a friend who is into natives. Plant one and have a generous crop next year.
One characteristic of the Southern Crinim Lily is the growth of the bulb to a large size and the multiplication of the bulb. While it may be difficult to dig up, it’s a great pass-along plant that will be appreciated by the person receiving it.
There are conflicting views on the web – what? Old views say that white clothes are cooler in the heat, while darker ones absorb the heat. This view was practiced by the rich in the 18th and 19th century.
New views espouse that black is actually cooler because skin is hot in the summer and therefore reflects the heat back to the body from a white garment.
Anyway, white looks cool in the summer. Just enjoy whichever floats your boat.
“It sometimes strikes me how immensely fortunate I am that each day should take its place in my life, either reddened with the rising and setting sun, or refreshingly cool with deep, dark clouds, or blooming like a white flower in the moonlight. What untold wealth!” Rabindranath Tagore