I purchased some Caladium bulbs last spring, when I saw that they would grow well in the shade. I have a small patch right outside my front door that has a big Olive tree growing in the middle and I "try" and grow things under its branches which has proven to be a bit of a struggle-as not much sun gets through to the area.
Well I have happily watched the bright green and almost pink red leaves sprout up on a regular basis, but yesterday I was surprised to see a strange pod like structure growing up from one of the bunches of leaves. I did some online research and found it was a seed pod, and that if I wanted to encourage more leaf growth, I should cut it off at the base! On the other hand, if I let it dry on the plant, and harvest the seeds and grow them, I could possibly see some interesting variations in color from the parent. Oh the dilemma!
Although these bulbs are not hardy to our low temps of 25 or so, I think they will be worth the trouble of digging up and replanting next year- I have to fill this bed in with something!
Other surprises in the garden recently were little mushrooms on impossibly thin stalks- they didn't last when the sun came out but they were tall and valiant early in the morning.
Also the busy bee- he discovered the new flowers the Cholla put out after the rain- they hadn't even completely opened up yet, so the stamen were still hidden inside and he really had to work to get what he was after! Click on the pictures to really see the detail.