Adenium obesum

When you think surely everything will dry up and blow away, the rain comes and refreshes the garden. The

lightning flashing and thunder rumbling are the best celebration effects.


It doesn’t take a detective to see the clearwing has already visited the Oriental lilies because of the orange

pollen clinging to him.


Adenium obesum/desert rose unfurls its beautiful tubular blossoms. Caudiciforms store water in their

swollen trunks to withstand periods of drought giving them an unusual appearance.



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Gardening in Tennessee Zone 6 at an average of 744.65' above sea level.
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13 Responses to Adenium obesum

  1. mothernaturesgarden says:

    It is funny how concerned we are for our gardens whether we are present or not. They are like a child in some ways.

  2. Gail says:

    Donna, Your photos are always a treat and the clearwing is fantastic. I haven’t seen one in my garden this year, I hope they visit! I am glad we had rain, we were gone and I tried hard to not think about the garden and the heat! gail

  3. mothernaturesgarden says:

    The insects are like the flowers. When they start showing up in one garden, soon there are reports all over. Just more confirmation of how everything is interconnected.

  4. mothernaturesgarden says:

    Thanks, Tina.

  5. Hi Donna, Glad you got some rain. We got about 2 inches a few days ago—and our yard danced for joy also!!!!

    Great picture of the clearwing…

    Have a great Thursday.

  6. Jan says:

    Glad to hear you had some refreshing rains. We have just started getting some in the last few days. I saw my first clearwing of the season just this morning and took some photos, but I have not checked them to see if any are worth using. They certainly are quick little guys. Love your Desert Rose – lovely color.

    Always Growing

  7. tina says:

    It sure is a beautiful bi-color.

  8. mothernaturesgarden says:

    Good luck with the hummers Abe.

  9. These are really neat creatures that often mimic the hummingbirds I am looking and hoping for.

  10. mothernaturesgarden says:

    You may notice my photo is not that clear for that very reason, Anna.

  11. I had a clearwing in my garden this week and he would not hold still. He was so happy to be in pollen heaven. I can sure see your little guy visited the tastiest of places.

  12. mothernaturesgarden says:

    I agree, Janet.

  13. Janet says:

    I think that Desert Roses are so cool. Love the swollen stem/trunk. Looks like a Dr. Seuss tree.

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