Another belated GBBD posting for me celebrating the flowers that are in bloom right now. The hydrangea pictured above is a striking array of complex flowers right now and not at all the blue coloring we were expecting. I think that says something about our soil. Over time I expect that acid rainfall will take care of redressing the soil acidity. In the meantime our ‘Pink Billow’ is marvelously colored.
Mostly the garden is all about lilies right now. The oriental lilies are peaking, both in terms of production and height. The Oriental/Trumpet cross ‘Anastasia’ was headed toward 10′ tall before a storm caused the whole clump to slump against the fence.
And then there are the lily relatives that are flowering around the yard too…
All of these end up in various displays that Beth makes in the house…
A real surprise for me was the Gloriosa Lily. I was very late in planting the summer bulbs this year. This and several other non-hardy bulbs didn’t go in the ground until a little over a month ago. I’ve had difficulty growing the Gloriosa Lily over the years, only finally succeeding in getting flowers in 2012. Imagine my surprise when this one literally leapt out of the ground and started climbing its frame.
I think the lesson is that it really is a tropical vine and does not want to be planted until the soil is really warmed up.
Another surprise for me this week was to find the remnants of a flower on the Queen of the Night in the greenhouse.
Since these night blooming plants only come out after sundown I need to do evening inspections if I’m going to catch one of these buds actually flowering.
Other interesting tidbits from around the yard are the first flowering of the Great Blue Lobelia.
And the Culver Root which is almost as high as some of the lilies.
And in the front bed the Shasta Daisies and Black-eyed Susans are in fully glory now.
Well that’s a wrap for today. What’s blooming in your garden?