definitely a "must see"!!!
Oh how lovely - I have had mine for about two years,and knew they were slow growing. think they are worth waiting for though.
Congrats! It's going to be a beauty and will last a very long time.
Great! You are now starting to see the fruits of your labor, as they say. I dont have Bird of Paradise in our area but have lots of Heliconia (3 types), which i get tired of culling and cleaning the spent stems. I did that last week and maybe this Lent holidays again. Re:your comment for my gumamela. SR - please see my reply above to Mark and Gaz. I did some color extraction only, however i will not forget it was my most difficult question in my MS comprehensive exam. A member of my committee asked what is the water soluble pigment and i cannot answer. When he said 'did you not play with it when you're a kid'? I still cannot recall. And when he gave the lead word 'gumamela', i said ah 'anthocyanins'. Reminds me of so many things! Come and we will play it again.
Hello Ely,Welcome to my blog!----------Hello Africanaussie,Yes they are indeed slow-growing... very slow :) This one has been in the garden for 3 years now, considering that it's already mature when we bought it. True, it's worth waiting for.----------Hello One,Thanks! I hope it does last a long time. My mom has the camera and she's currently somewhere else. Hopefully when she comes back the first flower is still fresh.----------Hello Andrea,Heliconias are prolific growers and flowers much faster than Birds of Paradise. Still, they are also great garden plants. We also have several species of Heliconias.BTW, I was born up north but grew up in MM. I could barely speak the local dialect :)