Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise him.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Butterfly Ginger: The Seeds

Bright red seeds in an orange pod.
I've grown Butterfly Gingers (Hedychium coronarium) forever, and for some reason, I don't recall seeing the seeds.  But here they are.  They surprised me the other day when I was out in the side garden, looking for tree frogs.  I didn't find any frogs, but I was struck by how vivid these seeds were.

Fragrant white flowers attract huge hummingbird moths at night.

Butterfly Ginger is native to India and is a popular tropical perennial here.  I've always propagated it by division, but this time I'm going to plant the seeds and see what happens. 


  1. Wow! Good lookin seeds!

  2. I loved the white flower. I do have a soft spot for white though.

  3. I am happy to know that I am not the only one looking for frogs. I notice you do have photos of bugs and their exoskeleton as well...