I have a few small clumps of Agapanthus in my garden which for 10 months of the year just have lots of long thin green leaves and fill in patches of sandy soil with some greenery. In the month before Christmas however, they put in an extra effort and produce a very tall thin stem with a small covered bud on the end which slowly grows to about the size of a small potato. As the days get hotter the cover peels away as the flower starts to push out over 30 silvery blue tubules, which then eventually burst forth producing a huge cloud of blue-striped, trumpet like flowers.
It is quite impressive to see one up close – this year i have around 20 stems from the 40 or so individual plants.
A neighbour has shown what you can do with these flowers if you make a bit of an effort! – Just gorgeous. 🙂The tree in the photo ia a Jacarandah which usually flowers in November here and is the same colour as the Agapanthus flowers.. they would look magnificent if they flowered at the same time.