We have had some warm weather in the past few days and my roses are starting. The first ones of the year are always the most spectacular. I bought 2 new clematises this year too and they are both blooming. As are the rhododendrons.
The crinums are putting on a nice show. The amaryllis are still producing. This is the kind I have: The jacaranda are almost finished, but the frangipani are still glorious: I got that picture from the internet, but here they're mostly seen in full bloom before the leaves emerge -- so dramatic against the deep blue sky. My adenium obesum surpassed itself this year , and this little darling is blooming & budding: , as is the huge pachypodium:
The tulips are now over and the rose buds are plumping up getting ready to burst open. Pyracantha blossom is on the way and Iris are up and waving in the strong wind we have today. The peonies look a little behind, same with the white hydraenga. Lavender is getting ready, the alchemillia mollis is as relaible as ever and the hosta Sieboldiana is shooting up. I have much pleasure looking at its cannot-be-defined-green leaves.
Tomorrow afternoon I'm going on my annual sortie to a specialst garden centre that mainly sells hundreds of types of geraniums and pelargoniums. These loves will fill my tubs alongside white tumbling lobelia and the odd heliachrysum here and there. I've decided against an all-white show and must therefore choose between the best of pink, red, scarlet (no), maroon and white of course. Perhaps a tinge of light blue lobelia will be allowed in.
Agapanthus are prolific here, but they've never lost their glamor for me. They're beautiful in the garden, and so erectly elegant in vases.
Oh, I miss pyracantha! And lady's mantle -- few common names are so charmingly fitting. Spindrift, that is going to be so beautiful. When you are at the geranium nursery, look for the pelargoniums with white variegation in their leaves -- they add a nice note even when not in bloom.
I miss the nodding heads of tulips, too -- no frost quotient for the here. And the two others you show, Jazz -- they always make me want to get right down on the ground with them, the little dears.
Baz had a huge pyracantha in his garden in France and he loathed it. I try to keep mine well pruned and under control. I have chosen a variety with bright scarlet berries (I don't like orange berries) and I like the flowers that come before. My garden birds also love eating the berries through the winter months.
I'm another pyracantha hater. The stuff grows like a weed, I dislike the smell of the flowers, and the branches are full of thorns. There were 2 between my neighbour's garden and mine that had grown all by themselves. Fortunately, one eventually got smothered by honeysuckle and she had the other one removed.
I tried growing blue agapanthus but it didn't do well. The same year we went to Portugal and they were growing in ditches along the roads! And last month in Ecuador too I saw them everywhere.
Ooooo ~~ poppies! I must try growing them again. I had gorgeous poppies when I lived quite high up north of the city years ago. Then, when I tried growing them on the valley floor, they simply stunted and did nothing. I love everything about them, even the foliage & their faint scent.
June will soon be upon us, Spindrift. I predict an explosion of photos from your garden celebrating the glorious English summer display.
It's so beautiful where you live, Deyana. If I'm not mistaken, the 2nd picture is some kind of woodland fern. The one below it is the dainty but dramatic bleeding heart -- Dicentra spectabilis. Lucky you! I used to grow that, but have never seen it around here at all.
The fern is hard to define, there are so many different kinds around. Bleeding heart, that's the name I was looking for. Yes, that's what it is, it grows wild around here, unless it was planted by the previous owner, I'm not sure.
Just heard on the news, we have a night blooming Cerus at one of the public gardens here in Tucson. It bloomed about two weeks ago, only once a year in early June. Well, it's going to bloom again either Saturday or Sunday. I have lived here in Tucson 22 years and this is the first year for two blooms. There will probably be a picture in the paper, so if I can get it on line I will post it.
When you're chewing on life's gristle[br]Don't grumble, give a whistle[br]And this'll help things turn out for the best...[br]And...always look on the bright side of life...[br]Always look on the light side of life.[br]Monty Python's Life of Brian[br]
There are two guava trees right by my house. I have to check the one on the side, which doesn't have such a nice life (although maybe trees like being right next to the septic tank). It's useful, as it screens the window there from the street. The other is right off the porch, in a straight line of sight from the front door, & is quite pretty, and is in bloom. The flowers are small, not even an inch in diameter, and have a very faint lemony odor.
That's such a pretty flower, Bixa...I've never seen a guava blossom before.
There has been a lot of heavy rain in the UK which as decimated the geraniums, lobelia, verbena and petunias....also the roses in their second flush, the clematis is almost over and sweet peas are giving up the battle. I am, however, being overtaken by the neighbours' wisteria, ivy and the jasmine that doesn't flower. We have had a disappointing, wet summer.