it’s the 15th and you know what that means… time for the monthly garden bloggers’ bloom day post:
here’s a view of the back garden at noon today. if it looks hot and humid to you now, just wait another month or two.
the Belamcanda chinensis (blackberry or leopard lily) bloomed for the first time TODAY! i started these from seeds my mother-in-law sent from her gerogia garden about a year and a half ago:
you can see why it’s called leopard lily. the blackberry aspect comes later, after the petals fade and dry below a cluster of black seed heads. it makes a striking addition to a cut flower bouquet.
the Eupatoriadelphus fistulosus, a.k.a. Eupatorium fistulosum ( joe pye weed) that i cheerfully found at a nursery an hour south of here has finally bloomed. it reminds me of prairie-style plantings i designed in michigan and new york. i wasn’t expecting it to be adaptable here, but it must like its damp location near the french drain.
i love the contrast of the purple-red stems against its own green foliage and that of the blue-gray panicums (switch grass) and Rudbeckia maxima (giant bog coneflower) leaves. i was also surprised to find the flowers slightly fragrant at sunset with a light lilac-like scent.
another plant they say you can’t grow here are hydrangeas. well, i’ve given this one some tough garden love and it’s finally found it’s moment in the limelight:
the “tough” love consists of soil amended with peat, composted oak leaves and expanded shale, and the occasional dousing of said soil with left over iced coffee and grounds from mr. grwhryrpltd’s morning pot of joe. seems to be working, so far…
the last blooming surprise this month is the Scadoxus multiflorus (blood lily, torch lily, or fireball lily). the hexagona iri planted nearby have somehow ventured into its own personal growing space, so i wasn’t expecting to see it anytime soon. actually, i thought the freezing temperatures of this past winter (18 degrees) sent the bulbs to an icy grave, but not this one:
you can read about my first foray into growing this stellar bulb in a previous post here. i’ve since purchased more of them, so i hope to see them all flower within the next month or so…
until then, happy bloom day!