miss muffet caladiums
it might be an addiction... i'm not quite certain. every year i mail-order a few hundred caladium bulbs in several varieties. the variety featured in the bottom photo is "white queen" and the one in the top photo is named "miss muffet". this one is my current favorite. it has a lime green leaf with deep purple speckles throughout.
all caladiums are great in the hot, humid area of Florida i live in because they will do well through the stressful heat of July and August. another fabulous thing about caladium bulbs is that when left in the ground they will re-bloom each year if left undisturbed. i tend to disturb most of mine once they have finished their season as i plant something for fall and winter on top of where they are.
this year i have already planted over 200 of these beauties in various colors and sizes. just a few days ago, it occurred to me i needed some more to fill in a few spots around the garden. it is so easy. i just log on to caladiumworld.com and a few clicks later, i have made my choices and they are on their way to me. today when i got home from work... there they were... two new packages at my front door full of 150 more bulbs for me to get very excited about.
these wonderful summer bloomers do very well in pots as well. i typically tuck a few in and around existing plants in my pots. it is a thrill to watch as they barely pop out of the ground and then in no time their entire heart-shaped leaf is clustered together with others producing an exciting display of color.
caladiums would be an easy way for even a novice to enjoy gardening. you just can't go wrong with them.