Feelin’ Hot

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Some of you are, anyway. Not here! But it’s a good excuse for me to do a post on hot red or orange blooms.


Crocosimia ‘lucifer’ in three stages of blooming.


And an orange variety, maybe montbretia? Had it for years but this is the first time it honoured us with flowers. 


Rudbeckia! Comes back every year so far.


The thing that isn’t rudbeckia. Something with a G? Man I’m terrible. Grown from seed a few years ago now, it also come back.

Edit: it’s Galliardia!


A new one this year! This time I haven’t a clue due to a packaging mis-label, because this is NOT gladiolus callianthus. Oh well. 


Gazania! 


Red and black lilies, more of Aldi’s pixels mix. I should be the Aldi bulb spokesperson! 

They’re Heeeeere!

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It’s that time of year again – Tigridia Time! The first bloom opened yesterday and I missed it! It was closed up by the time I spotted it.  I found that quite strange as I had moved the same pot earlier in the day. Unobservant me…

But I got today’s stunner, before it shut itself away forever.

Under the Pink?

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I was doing so well posting for a while, then…life happened. Oh well. Here’s some catch-up pictures.

Variagated fuscia bush, a gift from the neighbors.


A pretty plant, both close up and over all (the close up bloom pic is the one alllll they way over on the left).

The pinto beans are starting to look happier, if a bit small still.


The heat we had Monday/Tuesday this week helped a lot!


Tomatoes are still struggling. These are smaller than my smallest fingernail. Dammit. 


The other hosta is blooming. Okay it’s more lavender than pink, sue me.


Astilbe is fantastic this year! I let it dry to near-death by accident last year, and all the blooms died. This was dug out of a very neglected garden, at least four years ago, from a house my Canadian friend was renting. This is the best it has ever looked. Apparently I scared the life back into it!


Another lily – I do like this one quite a lot. It makes me think of country gardens with huge bushes of pale pink roses. And cream, really fresh cream. Aldi again, planted just last year: “lollipop.” 

Disaster

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The heavy wind last week took down a huge branch of one of my roses. Dammit. I intend to cut it back this autumn, but I didn’t want to lose a good meter of growth in July. It was so lovely, too.

I’d try sticking it in water to see what happens (I have crazy luck with that sort of thing), but it is so infested with black spot that it isn’t worth it. Bummer.

Top Posts? How does WP decide are yours?

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Do you ever wonder what WordPress decides are your top posts? I do. I’ve been posting a lot lately, and that means lots of new people come along and like my most recent blogging mess. I get an email that gives little information but a name, a gravatar (seriously, what is the point of those?) and their three top posts. Usually I’ll click one of them to see what is so special, then go to the home page, scroll down a few posts looking to see if we actually DO have anything in common, then to the about (if there is one) page.

As an experiment, I tried liking my last post myself. No, I’m not a raging narcissist! I was hoping I’d get one of those emails about my own blog. No such luck!

Unless you know another method to figure out how WP decides this stuff, I propose the following: like this post, and I’ll collect the emails by a cropped screen-shot (email not included) and post all of the results in another post. Should be interesting, no?

And if anyone wants to do me the same favour, I’d be grateful – I’m so curious!

More Lilies!

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“Black” ones…


…yellow ones…


…orange and red ones…


…yellow and red ones…


…and one teeny tiny white and pink one. 

All the multi-coloured ones are Aldi “pixels mix,” so I had no idea what would come up. 

Now for scale!


Very different in heights! The tall one is the yellow and red spotted.


Most of this massively overgrown mess is black lilies, but there are red ones with black spots in there also – and the one wee white and pink one I only found today, hidden in the back. Including the pot, the tallest one is just about 5ft or 1.5m tall. 

Lilies!!!

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Okay, so only two pictures. But its’s early days yet, so not many out!


I call this my black lily – of course it isn’t black at all. I have oodles of these, all in pots. They are so tall! 


Second year for these guys. Also very tall, but foliage-wise they are skinnier and less leafy than the ‘black’ ones. 


And a bit raggedy-looking this year. Something’s been at them.

More to come, I see lots of lilies with closed blooms are changing from green to red or pink or yellow or just darker over all – I have a lot of lilies and forget what colours they all are until they open. Surprises for me, every year! 

Educational Garlic Post

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Remember this thing I posted (mixed in with loads of flowers, I know, it got ignored).


Well! It turns out this a called a garlic scape. They are only found on hard-neck garlic. 

I never buy garlic to plant: I shove whatever I bought in the shop into the ground when it gets all growy-green, dried up and inedible, therefor I have never had a clue what type of garlic I was growing. Turns out that over the years I’ve been doing this (except for this beastie), we have only purchased the soft-neck variety for cooking.

It turns out you can eat the scape, too! Google ‘eating garlic scapes.’ How cool is that? 

I won’t eat this one as it would be a paltry meal. I’ll take the other path that says when the scape is less like a snake and more like a stake and standing upright, it is time to harvest. I might split the bulb and make more for next year as I love garlic and some of the recipes out there sound delicious. 

Thank you to Quickcrop.ie for the education in garlic scapes.