June 28, 2012

Latest Crinum to take the Stage


The scant rain from Hurricane Debby was not enough to encourage blooms but the overnight soaking from a hose worked.

June 23, 2012

Ellen Bosanquet Crinum

As one crinum fades, a different cultivar takes the stage. Ellen Bosanquet blooms in the Upper Garden where I banish all dark pinks and fuchsia shades.



Friday's white crinum has one trumpet left. Ellen Bosanquet has another stalk for later bloom.

If the tropical storm brewing in the Gulf materializes and we get rain, more crinum blossoms will emerge.

June 20, 2012

Crinums in the Morning

Last evening I blogged about Crinum jagus which was just opening in late evening. This morning the blooms are wide open, still fragrant.

Still fragrant, the blooms will last all day. There are buds for another day.


Cold light of day reveals crape myrtles in two colors in the background.

… and a last look at Daturas light and dark, single and double, open and buds.

I'm joining the Party atTootsie Time where we are all flaunting our flowers.

June 19, 2012

Crinum jagus and Daturas for a Moonlight Garden


Crinum jagus has a musky vanilla fragrance, more pronounced in late evening.


This crinum has been here for many, many years, surrounded by greenery of
boxwood and camellias. It sits in a groundcover of dichondra and mini-jew.
Up close on the right are boxwoods. We have a plethora of boxwoods.


I was pruning boxwoods on Saturday when a wasp stung me on the wrist,
halting progress. They await further pruning. My arm is back to normal size but
I'm reluctant to go back out there and start snipping again.
It's easier to prune ancient boxwoods into topiaries than to try to keep them at
a smaller size.



This could be the backbone of a moonlight fragrance garden.


White Daturas bloom on the other side of the boxwood hedge.

In addition to white Daturas there are Purple Swirl Daturas blooming.
I got the notion this year to plant the two colors in the same bed.

Notice the shiny black stems of this Datura.

Daturas have a sweet, lemony fragrance that attract night pollinators.

June 07, 2012

A Cloudy Day, A Little Rain, We All Feel Better

We’ve had 1.5 inches of rain. Marvelous June weather, not too hot but oh, so humid!

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We’re eating tomatoes, peppers and eggplants from my container patch.

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Tropicals are blooming. Brugmansia left in ground over winter, back from roots.

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Natives are blooming.
I like the Black eyed Susans that have mahogany on the inside edges of the petals.

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Lilies overwhelm. This is Dazzle.

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Seedlings are starting to bloom, cuttings are starting to fill in.
Melampodium blossom, Alternanthera cutting behind.

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We’re getting a lot done.

I plant out a handful of seedlings and cuttings every day.
Some days I prune some shrubs. It will all get done.

Let's all go to Tootsie's Fertilizer Friday party.

June 05, 2012

I Could Have Blogged about That!

Do you ever see something while working outside and just know that it is worth a blog post but you're just too busy to run back for a camera?

I saw a reddish speckled caterpillar on a Viola plant today. If I'd gone inside for a camera I could have recorded it. Next time I was out there, he was nowhere to be seen. Did a bird see him? Did he crawl off to pupate?



I looked it up. If he makes it we'll have another Variegated Fritillary Euptoieta claudia bringing color to the garden.

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