Yesterday while working on my potted plants I came across this beautiful damselfly. It’s the Orange-tailed Marsh Dart. The combination of these colours make it look most striking. Several damselflies are seen right after the rains but since I’ve photographed them all, at least the ones who frequently stop by my yard, I had to resist the urge to take out the camera from my apron pocket and get on with the weeding and the re-arranging instead.
And now on to the plant I had posted on Saturday. Although I’ve had it for so many years, I didn’t know its name. My good friend Helen of My Rustic Bajan Garden identified it for me. It’s Leea coccinea aka West Indian Holly/Red Leea, and Hawaiin Holly.
Helen is a water garden consultant and has one of the most beautiful gardens in the north of Barbados. It’s a pleasure to see so many exotic plants in such a beautiful setting. Thank you, Helen!
Leea coccinea is a fast growing shrub and mine practically thrived on neglect. The watering and the occasional manure was what it ever asked of me:) It’s a sun-loving plant and the stems and leaves are a rich burgundy. The fruit appear in late summer followed by tiny flowers. From the pictures I checked, the cultivar I have is Leea coccinea rubra. This shrub is of Burmese (some sites say Cambodian) origin and is named after the Scottish gardener James Lee.