It’s all about the Tigridia. They are really happy this year.
Wasp pollinating this one! Must have gotten tired of strawberries.
Saturday to this morning only! And the wind was so bad Sunday morning they were in tatters before 9 am.
You know I love these. Last summer I meant to post a gazillion of them, but Spot got sick and I haven’t really been the same since, to be honest. It is a hard thing to associate a flower that I love so much with the death of my best boy, but it is now a ‘thing’ for me.
Keeping with the maudlin theme, I think that if I ever decide to have an actual grave and not ask that my ashes be spread between Ireland, Florida and maybe Cleveland, I would like my patch to be planted in Tigridia. They always begin to bloom around my birthday, and like life itself they are both beautiful and temporary.
I’m actually not depressed, I promise! How could I be with these beauties saying hello every day?
I found quite the surprise this week in my Tigridia plants. It inspired me to do some research on the tigridia family, and it turns out the different colours are different varieties. The pale yellow ones are Tigridia Canariensis:
Now that I’m done showing off (just the canariensis variety, and just from this month so far), I’ll get to the really amazing one that bloomed on Tuesday.
WOW! Teenage Mutant Ninja Tigridia! I’ve had tiger flower mutations before but I have never seen this happen. An Internet search found nothing.
My amateur opinion is that this is a type of Siamese twin that happens to be perfectly symmetrical. A Tigridia has six petals – three large, three small. This beauty has nine!
Now, I have no idea if this will breed true, but you can bet I have tagged the ovary and will make sure to collect the seed, if it makes any. I’m likely getting excited over nothing, but wouldn’t it be fantastic if I could cultivate a brand new flower?