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End of July flowers.


Unlike most of Europe, we are having a fairly cool summer. Here it is, noon, and it is only 74°F (23°C). We have had a little more rain than usual, which has helped the weeds to grow.
A daylily I bought last year is flowering for the first time in my garden It is ‘Little Big Ears’, is 4" across and is a sculpted TET.

This is a pleated form of sculpted, where the bottom third of the petals fold back. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to cross it with something, so I found one of my seedlings, (Marseilles Watercolor x Full of Treasure) that has cristate sculpting open. Cristate is where there is extra material growing from the midrib of the petal, which is happening on the lower petals of this:

If you like gingers, I have Hedychium ruberum opening. It has a faint scent and is very easy to grow here. I have to be careful because the Hedychiums are invasive in this climate.

The Amarine I have is on its last 3 flowers, and the others I am hoping the cross I made with a Amarcrinum takes, but I have a Crinum opening that I am trying to cross with it. It is Crinum ‘Ellen Bosanquet’, a dark pink that blooms reliably if it gets enough water.

The Aloe striatula is still looking good:

The Hibiscus are opening. I have shown the H. El Capitola ‘Bloody Mary’ before, the strange double one:

Also opening is Hibiscus ‘Cosmic Dancer’

Then there is H. moscheutos Southern Belle This has dinner plate size flowers that last a single day. The bottom one was open yesterday. It goes dormant during the winter.

Finally, Fluffy has discovered climbing. This is him almost on top of the Sophra. It isn’t a tall tree, but it fulfills his need to be up high, yet in the shade.

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Don't remember you mentioning your cat before - what a nice little soul, and sensible finding a shady spot!

26 Jul, 2019


as usual a lovely blog Wylie and some gorgeous flowers. puss is very sensible up in the shade.

26 Jul, 2019


Gorgeous flowers, the Hibiscus are stunning. Beautiful little cat, though not a cat person myself it doesn't stop me admiring them!

27 Jul, 2019


Beautiful, I like the last one.

27 Jul, 2019


Thanks! I look forward to when the large hibiscus flowering as they are that Barbie pink that grabs your attention. This year there will be a lot of flowers on it.
Fluffy really likes to climb. I got him one of those cat trees, and he likes the top platform the most.

27 Jul, 2019


Wonderful to see so many beautiful flowers, Wylie!

31 Jul, 2019


Thanks! I am waiting for the next major group to start in - the Amaryllis, then the Nerines.

31 Jul, 2019

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