Photo: Trycyrtis Hirta (insert photo Trycyrtis hirta just emerging in the Spring)
Almost three years ago we moved from New York state back to California. While living in Long Island's Zone 7 I discovered and fell in love with a few plants that really should probably stay in the damp, woodlands of coastal New York; Epimedium, Callicarpus, Japanese Painted Fern. A few of them I just couldn't give up forever so I've mail ordered and imported them to an appropriate (or so I tell myself) north-facing, shady microclimate in my Southern California side yard.
As I set about recreating little vignette reminders of my New York garden I am wondering if it is all worth it.
Today, one of my very favorite plants, Trycyrtis hirta, is in bloom after a yearlong battle with slugs, fungus, dry rot, wet rot, locusts, asps and invading foreign armies.
You tell me...Here is what I saw when I went outside to inspect it this morning. See photo above
It is covered in these stunning little spotted flowers. It's still just a baby, only two years old, so it hasn't yet grown into its full size or arching habit.
Part of me - a big part - says, YES! It is worth it! Just to be able to admire this complex and beautiful thing created by Mother Nature (for no real purpose that I can discern, except perhaps as a snail Chateauneuf de Pape) makes it worth it. It really is the most remarkable flower I think I've ever seen. It's like a tiny orchid, but better. The closer you look at it, the more complex it gets.