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It's early June, and the weather here already feels much more
like summer than spring.
The appearance of my garden is changing again, accordingly.
The very last stem of Amaryllis flowers is fading rapidly.
For many years, these have been some of my best springtime performers
and I just can't get enough of them.
I prefer to grow them as outdoor plants, so I'm making notes to myself,
*** watch for those post holiday sales,
when the bulbs left behind by Christmas shoppers
can be bought for a song.
Also finishing for the season, are these colorful Asiatic Lilies.
Something else that I like to grab on sale,
pots with fading flowers are a steal after Easter or Mother's Day.
Yes, I'll really miss the spring blossoms.
But, with the summer comes other pleasures,
flowers that I've been anticipating since last year.
Gloriosa rothschildiana is a favorite of mine,
I plant the tubers I saved from the previous year in succession,
and the first pot is now beginning to bloom in earnest.
I will begin another potful in a day or two.
I love the glowing petals of Angelwing Begonia,
and who can resist the fascinating patterns of Foxglove?
Or the intoxicating scent of huge, trumpet-shaped Brugmansia flowers
I grow only one Dahlia, and I don't even know her name
but, oh how I love all of those big, blood red, cactus-type flowers.
Oh, one more "last" thing that I will sorely miss,
this was the very last bowlful of fresh salad greens
from my "salad-in-a-wheelbarrow".
I must take a new photo of the re-planted wheelbarrow,
the garlic chives and parsley remain,
but the lettuces have been replaced with several varieties of Basil
and colorful hot peppers.
Some spicy cooking is in the cards this summer,
shall I set a place at the table for you?
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Zuzu, you have taken my breath away! I was never much of an amaryllis person, but those are the most beautiful ones I've ever seen...I want some..make note: watch after Christmas sales.
Oh yes,Set me a place but I want to dine by all those gorgeous blooms and that Foxglove is to die for.Wonderful blooms zzp.
It gladdens my heart to see all those lovely flowers in your garden Zuzu. So much variety and such wonderful colours too.
Gorgeous flowers Zuzu. I would love to have some Foxglove, it definitely is on my list for next years garden.
Thanks for your kind words, everyone. :-D
wonderful display zulu, thanks for sharing xxx
What a wonderful world you live in, tasty too.
Very lovely, and yes, set me a place at the table, I will be over later.
Zuzu- Better late than never.I happened to read an older blog of yours referring to a tree in Mexico.I happen to live there and I am wondering if the tree you mentioned could be a JACKERANDA?NOT positive on the spelling,Google it & take a look,as they are beautiful & line our st.'s here in Mexico.Your garden flowers are truely breathtaking,thanks for sharing.Hope I could help with the tree.E-mail me for further info. on trees if you wish.July1@czmx.com
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