18 October, 2013

My arum, your calla

by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

Today when I want a fresh picture, the flowers have slipped away. But I caught one ten days ago. It’s a plant I cannot imagine my garden without.

Arum lily flower in my October garden

As my Dozen rounds out I need some large leaves for drama. The arum has heraldic arrow head leaves, stately green banners, with furled edges and a delicate spire to echo the flower. Once the flower is history there is a knobbly tight package of green berries.