A great big flower!

A great big flower!

My sister bought this Giant Dutchman's Pipe (Aristolochia gigantea) about a month ago. It soon developed a flower, which finally opened today. It's about nine inches long and smells a bit like lemon furniture polish. A couple of days before it opened Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting In my mom's hands for scale Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting From behind Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Unsupported Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Close-up. It's got a lovely velvety texture around the opening Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Some Empress Louisas fighting for space at a sap leak Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting My favorite species of butterfly, the Question Mark Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
My Philly Apartment

My Philly Apartment

Garden renovation

Garden renovation

Azalea

Azalea

Sad, sad bougainvillea and coleus

Sad, sad bougainvillea and coleus

Backyard planter

Backyard planter

Today on my allotment

Today on my allotment