Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Finally, something blooming that isn't a pansy!
I planted these gazanias, Gazania splendens, also known as Treasure Flower, last summer. They provided me some nice late summer and fall color and I was rather expecting to have to wait for them to bloom much later in the season.
I'm pleasantly surprised that they made it through the winter unscathed by the freeze and that they have bloomed so early. According to the plant profile on Dave's Garden they bloom repeatedly, so I'm looking forward to enjoying them throughout the summer. I didn't know until today that they are called "Treasure Flower." But how appropriate - what a treasure they are.
Elsewhere in the garden, I seem to have more "almost flowers" than I do "actual flowers".
Here's Lilium "Dolly Madison" growing next to the utility boxes.
And here's the Hollyhock on the other side of the utility boxes. Unfortunately the one in the front garden got covered in rust and I had to pull it up, bag it and put it in the trash before it affected this one.
And finally, I picked up three Tropical Milkweeds over the weekend. Two are this color, one is yellow. So I'm ready, should the Monarchs choose to stop by this year.
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.