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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.

Tigridia Post. I Have To, The Photos Are Piling Up.

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I think I’ll do all pink ones.

   
I’m beginning to think that wasps are the main pollinators of my tigridia – unless it is just the wind doing the job?

  
   
 
Did you notice? Most are pink and white, but some are pink and yellow!

  
   
   
   
   
I had a hard time deciding if this was red or pink… So much for the stereotype that women know all the colours. I think it’s more red, now – comparing to the other pictures. Oh well! 

   
 A bit battered.
  
   
 Not quite open yet, but I had to go to work. Hence the very abused steel-toe Caterpillar Boots in frame.

 

Tigridia AGAIN

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I have soooo many pictures now. It’s crazy. Scores of them, each of a bloom that lasted just 8 hours or so. There are literally too many to post.

What should I do? I could do an all-pink post, or all-yellow, or all-red; or the funky striped hybrid I seem to have created accidentally. I can’t pick the ‘best of’ as every one is perfect and amazing.

Okay. I have two “cheating” pictures, where there is more than one flower in the shot. I’ll start with those.

   
   
   
    
    

A rare, dry morning!

 Ooo, one with my hand in frame, to give you an idea of size. I don’t have small hands, either!   

 Spot the wasp?

   
My favourite picture so far of several together. Had it as my FB cover photo until about an hour ago.

Oh, and did I say I had two ‘cheating’ pictures? Turns out it was 13. Whoopsie!

Hope you liked them – and I am willing to post seed to you, if you want to give them a try. First year they won’t bloom, but the next? You get this madness!

 

I’m Way Behind, But So Are My Flowers

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I just can’t seem to post as much as I’d like to. After taking the first week of August off work, I also let my blog-reading slide. Sorry! I’m all caught up now with that, but I have so damn many pictures I wanted to share. I guess I’ll get to it!

   
New lilies! 

 
The colour looks really weird here, but it hasn’t been putzed around with, I promise.

  
Not looking fab – the rain took out most of the petals the first day these opened. Bah.

  
That’s a bit better! All of the above are ALDI “pixels mix” bought this year as bare bulbs, so I will forgive them for looking scraggly. I like the top one best. You can tell that this yellow one is way taller than the orange one, too.

   
 I have roses like crazy. I’m glad – the white ones smell fantastic and scent the entire back garden on still days.

  
The new rudbeckia (black eyed Susan) ‘chocolate orange’ from seed this year. Not as advertised – but clearly I have it in a too-small pot as you can’t even see the pot in this picture. Replanted today. Poor thing.   

I can’t remember what this is! Grown from seed last year, and again this year – and it also self-seeded in random places. Help?

The crocrosmia dug out of wasteland a few years back – looking great!

   
Hosta flowers – the white, closed

 The white, open

 
The purple, from the non-variegated leaf hosta. My neighbour told me she didn’t grow Hostas because they don’t bloom… Again I must have the magic touch.

  
I wish they didn’t look so bad when they wilt, though. Quite ugly, like rotting used tissues.

Couldn’t end without some tigridia. This is a side view – don’t think I’ve taken this angle before.

  

I’ve caught up to August 15 now! Woot.

They’re Baaaacck!

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My first tigridia of 2015! Just the one so far.

Interesting to see that the first bloomer is one of my grown-from seed last year. They didn’t bloom last year, they were too young still. These are in pretty terrible recycled buckets and out the back of the house, where the sun probably lasts a bit longer. All my older plants are in proper ceramic pots and out front – and the house faces mostly west. Hmm.

I went back in time (did you hear the “woosh?”) and found that last year, my first post about tigridia was on July 26, 2013 – and last year I started bombarding you with pics on July 17! Very much proves how our wet and dark and windy ‘summer’ has delayed plant growth.

Well, they are here finally. And I’ll enjoy every bloom for the single day I get to see it!

Tigridia Tuesday – Week 5

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Well, I was warned in the comments last week that if I looked away from my tiggies, I’d regret it. Of course I have still been taking daily photos over the last two weeks, I’ve just stopped flooding my followers with flowers of the same feathery form.

This week, something new grew!

We’ve all seen the pink ones:

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We’ve all seen light yellow ones:

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We’ve all seen bright yellow ones:

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We’ve all seen orangey-red ones:

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And we’ve all seen red-orangey ones.

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But: what happens if these two mix? Red-orangey and light yellow:

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It seems that these two got together last year, *cue 1970’s style porno music* and they made a new bloom!

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My first hybrid!

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I love the stripes, don’t you? Like they were painted with a dry fan-brush.

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All of these are coming up on just one stem. I am pretty sure it is one of the new baby ones from seed I stuck in that pot.

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Pretty cool, eh? I wonder if it will grow true next year from seed, and I wonder if I am the only one to have it? I’m not going to Google it just yet and possibly ruin my fun.

I wonder what I should name it…

Tigridia Tuesday – Week 2

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Jazuz, but there are a lot of pics. I don’t think I’ll be taking the time to resize these like I did last week – too many!

Wednesday: the red/orange one reminds me a a Gremlin from the movies for some reason.

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Thursday:

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I’m missing a few pics from Thursday, as my phone is over-full and refusing to send them to the iPad. But the last two were taken late Thursday evening, when I was on the phone to Socks, and noticed that there was bright pink juice dripping down the stem as the flower faded and died. Which is better: with or without the flash?

Friday: just the one set of five at once!

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Saturday: do you see what I see? Yellow ones about to bloom! An-tic-i-pa-tion…

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Sunday: my first yellow iris! A bit battered as it was very windy.
Also my first mutant bloom, poor thing.

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Monday: almost done, and boy howdy am I tired of uploading these! Poor iPad is below 25%, hope I make it.

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Today (Tuesday, durrrrrr):

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Aaaand finally, I’m done. Holy crapmonkeys, Batman, but that was a lot of work! I don’t blame y’all for just giving a cursory glance at this.

Tigridia Tuesday – Week 1

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Right, so – here we go! My first bloom was last week, on Thursday.

So here is Friday:

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A twofer!

And Saturday:

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I had two on Sunday but didn’t go out front until they were already drooping. Sorry!

Monday: a pink one!

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And today:

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Another twofer, but this one wanted a closeup.

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And on another plant, one with a different shape.

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Sad, isn’t it, to see the shrivelled remains of yesterday’s glory?

Hubby asked me did I think they bloomed at night, or early in the morning. I had trouble sleeping last night so I came downstairs at 4:30 am, and had a peek out the window – nope, they don’t. At 6:30, starting to unfurl but not fully open yet. By 9:30 when I leave for work they are perfect! No scent, by the way, just gorgeousness.

TIGRIDIA!!!!

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It’s back and beautiful!

This was taken last evening, when I first spotted the potential bloom:

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This morning!

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By the time I got home from work, it was folded in and silent – but there are two more buds ready for the morning, I can tell!

I’m so fascinated with this plant. It seems such a shame that the flower lasts only one day, but it is entirely amazing how fast the buds come into flower. This thing should be studied for potential growth-hormone benefits.

Oh! I collected seeds last year, and they sprouted like mad things. While the babies are only a few inches tall this year, I have hopes for next year! I might dig up my whole front patch of garden and plant these instead, I love them so! Can you imagine a field (okay a tiny field) of these in bloom? Wow!

Here’s the question on my mind, though – I get these beauties for just one day, and of course I take photos. Do you want to see these every damn day? Maybe I could do a weekly post – tigridia Tuesday or some such? Whatchoo think?

Timid Tigridia

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Huh. I’m a bit bummed out. I had no idea that the Tigrida iDJ bought for me is a very, very short-lived bloom.

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This was open when I went to work, at 9:30 am.

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This one, too.

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But by the time I got home, at around 6:50, the blooms were shrivelled and limp.

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It seems that if I can’t get a photo within the 6 or so hours the blooms are open, I’m out of luck.

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By the time I get home, they look like this.

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How sad that I only get a few minutes with each amazingly beautiful flower.

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Every one is unique – see that strange tongue running down the petal? I have no idea of what use that might be… A bee landing-strip, like an orchid? I’m sure I will never know, having them so far from their South American home. They are undeniably beautiful, I just wish I had more time to appreciate my ‘jaguar flowers.’