Let me lead off with this lovely South African native that I featured in my last post. It is still fully flowering following our recent travels and you can see how lovely it is. Like many of the South African bulbs it is growing in our greenhouse (probably would go to zone 8, but that’s not us). It’s well worth the wait to finally see this in flower.
Outside we have many flowers in bloom right now, as do most gardens I suspect. The staggering fragrance of lilies calls for first attention.
Every year the lilies seem to come back and dominate the summer. Anastastia is a particularly tall and strong Oriental/Trumpet hybrid.
Another reliable Orienpet is ‘Scherezade’.
It makes for a spectacular display in the house.
Other lilies of note follow
And then there are the daylilies, a different genus but similar in many ways.
And let us not forget the iris family. Several types of Crocosmia are in bloom right now too.
And our winter was gentle enough that the gladiolas that I failed to dig last year all came back in abundance. It’s the best crop of glads we have ever had. They’ve been blooming for a month now.
The Echinacea in the front bed are putting on a fine show right now.
And the sunflowers are abundantly flowering in the vegetable garden in many sizes and colors.
In the alpine bed the first flowers are showing on the Gentian paradoxa, and this earlier than I ever remember seeing them in bloom.
Altogether it’s a fine showing for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day, as evident by Beth’s flower vase arrangement.