Best of all, I have new gazania. Really tall gazania! These grew from seed this year, and I popped them into a pot with gladiolus. That might give you some idea of how tall they are! All of my others are less than a foot tall – these are heading toward three!
Well! I still have flowers. The pics below are just the ones from out back of the house. I meant to get pics from out front when the light hit there, but by then it was raining again.
The lilies are all gone, and the tigridia too of course. I’m still waiting on the tiggies to open their seed pods so I can collect this year’s bounty! The yellow iris already ‘popped,’ so if you want seed for those, let me know.
It’s been very wet – the whole country is flooded (we are okay) – but warm. We’ve had morning frost once, afternoon snow once; and last Saturday, I awoke to an unexpected snowfall:
An hour or so later I heard hubby get up, open the blinds upstairs, and say: ‘Where the hell did that come from?’ Ah, we do think alike on occasion!
So, back to the flowers. I still have a weather-worn white rose:
The new chocolate orange rudbeckia (from seed this year) is happy enough, if bedraggled and twisty.
This is one of my cyclamen, which are meant to bloom in the winter. I kept this one inside all last year, but it got cyclamen mites so out it went, and away from the rest which are out front. I did tone down the pink in this, it was blindingly vivid.
I’ve saved the best for last – there are gazania still in bloom!
I have a new flower-favourite (until my tigridia start to bloom)!
Please meet my very first Gazania – Gazania rigens. The sub-species I have is unknown as the seed packet we bought didn’t bother to specify. Lazy sods.
They are also known as the Treasure Flower, or African Daisy. I definitely consider them a treasure.
I started these from seed way back in April, and this is the first one to open. There are nine other blooms waiting to show their lovely faces, if the sun will just come out to play.Himself took this on 25 July, the first day it opened. (Fancy pants camera)
The same bloom has been shut tight ever since, which has annoyed me to no end. Not only because it is evidence the weather has been shite, but because I really wanted to see it again before the bloom withered.
(iPhone pic) Today, there was enough warmth for the new wan to have another look at the sky. I’m in love! These flowers are brushstroke of glowing paint in my soggy, windy world. I hope the rest of the buds have a chance to see the sky, too.