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Floral Friday

This is the best time of year for flowers in the garden. The roses are rioting, and this bright dianthus is flaunting itself by the front steps.

It’s called Angel of Desire and was planted five years ago.

Flamboyant Angel of Desire
Def’nitely has both verve and fire

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Floral Friday

These lovely little flowers were given to me last year by a friend. She didn’t know what they were, and it wasn’t until they flowered this month that I was able to take a photo. I posted this on the CHS Hort Talk Facebook page and two people promptly identified them for me.

They are Sisyrinchium Devon Skies, sometimes called Blue-eyed Grass, and a member of the iris family. I’ve several times had useful information from the CHS page, and it is a great resource. I’m hoping these plants will spread and flower every year. Do you have them in your garden?

Although so far their growth is sparse
I’m hoping for more Blue-eyed Grass.

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Each
bloom
brightens
daily life
cycles continue
tulips in municipal beds
scents of sweet jasmine assail those who walk by my house
determined plants push through cracked paths
remind us we are
the garden
city
Christ
church

Assailing Jasmine

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Floral Friday

Petunias make a lovely splash of colour above the table on the patio where we’ve been having all our meals on these recent hot days.

The hanging basket was a present from a friend several years ago. Each year the birds scavenge pieces of the fibre liner for their nests, and next year I will have to replace it again. I planted the cascading blue petunias just two months ago and they are all set to flower through the summer, provided I keep them watered.

An item in yesterday’s “Press” made several suggestions about creating an outdoor room. One of these said: Installing adequate UV shade is one of the most important outdoor investments you can make. Umbrellas and shade sails were recommended, but we have found the ideal is to plant a deciduous tree for shade in summer. Our patio is a much-loved outdoor room, and we enjoy the avian company there.

These flowers a deeper shade of blue
are set to last the summer through

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Floral Friday

Dwarf irises

My dwarf irises are flowering again. These are a native of Turkey and the Caucasian Mountains, and are drought tolerant. Mine were a gift many years ago from Mary. She has now moved to the North Island, and I always think of her when these irises appear.

Their colour adds to the display
along the cottage front pathway


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Floral Friday

When I open my bedroom curtains each morning I am enchanted by the sight of this beautiful cherry blossom.

I took the photo on Tuesday, because I thought the snow forecast for Wednesday might harm the blossom, but the polar blast didn’t make any difference.

‘Twas not diminished by the snow
now, pollinators – have a go!

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Recycled cyclamen are a feature of my garden at present.

Usually I buy one or two potted cyclamen each winter to have colour inside when there’s little flowering outside. Once they finish flowering I pop them into a space in the garden and wait for them to flower again the next year. This year I didn’t buy any because I’d been given an orchid which flowered for weeks.

Leonardo Da Vinci was fond of cyclamen and he drew them in the margins of his manuscripts. In the Middle East, the cyclamen is also called ‘soap of the shepherds,’ because shepherds often used the saponin contained in the cyclamen tuber as a natural detergent that removed stains.

As each new flower unfolds I think
how lovely is this splash of pink

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Just one tulip is flowering this year. It’s one of the ten Atilla tulips I planted four years ago in memory of a friend who died. The first year I lifted them all, then replanted them, but they didn’t do much the second year, so I just left them after that. I was surprised to see this one flower. It’s been nearly smothered by those pesky wild anemones. Does anyone know how I can get rid of them? There seem to be more every year, undermining my preference not to have yellow flowers.

I do not want anemone
especially as it’s lemony

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The first freesia has bloomed – appropriate for what was officially the first day of spring, with a warm temperature of 21 degrees. We also have ipheions and various hyacinths flowering, plus there are buds on the bluebells.

The garden is just full of zing
because bulbs know that it is spring

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Floral Friday

Buttercups creep all over my garden at this time of year.

Creeping Buttercups
Some even invade my so-called lawn

I understand that these plants are a type of ranunculus. When I’ve looked them up it seems they may be bulbous buttercups, sometimes known as St Anthony’s Turnips, although the leaves on mine look different.

After flowering for a few weeks they die away completely, leaving their underground bulbs to prepare for another onslaught next spring. Does your garden also host these invaders?

In springtime this bright gold crusader
becomes an assertive invader

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