# A PHOTO A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY – Day 19

From the archives

15th February 2011

I suspect the image below was made during the golden hour as both the insect (mantis? No, Gary has identified it as a katydid in the comments section. Just checked with Mr Google and apparently there are over 2000 in this insect species in Australia), the plant it’s on, and the background, are way too bright for a normal photo in the Royal Botanic Gardens perennial border (which is where this photo was made).

…….and here’s the Perennial Border where the plant was (below).  It’s located on the far left outside the frame of this part of the border, but I just happen to like this image out of the 7-8 I’ve made over the years.

The Blood Grass, highlighted in a previous post, is located in the bottom right-hand corner of the frame.   The Perennial Border is planted to be at its peak flower-wise around mid-January (Summer).

Here’s the flower from a previous post on Day 3 that shows the colour and light difference.

PINEAPPLE LILY, PINEAPPLE FLOWER (Eucomis comosa)

Pineapple Lilies (Eucomis comosa), native to South Africa may look exotic but they’re quite easy to grow (apparently).

The common name, Pineapple lily, refers to the interesting topknot of foliage that sits atop the flowers, reminiscent of a pineapple in appearance.

While there are 15 species in this genus, new strains and cultivars appear regularly ensuring their continued popularity.  They last quite a long time as cut flowers and while I haven’t seen them in local residential gardens in my area, there’s alway a lovely patch (of them) in the Perennial Border  in the Royal Botanic Gardens here in Melbourne (where the images in this post were made).

By the way, the Perennial Border is planted by the Garden Staff to be at its best in mid January (if you’re visiting Melbourne as a tourist in the Summer months).