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 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.
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!
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 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!
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 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.
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!
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:
We’ve all seen light yellow ones:
We’ve all seen bright yellow ones:
We’ve all seen orangey-red ones:
And we’ve all seen red-orangey ones.
But: what happens if these two mix? Red-orangey and light yellow:
It seems that these two got together last year, *cue 1970’s style porno music* and they made a new bloom!
I love the stripes, don’t you? Like they were painted with a dry fan-brush.
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.
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…
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.
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!
Saturday: do you see what I see? Yellow ones about to bloom! An-tic-i-pa-tion…
Sunday: my first yellow iris! A bit battered as it was very windy.
Also my first mutant bloom, poor thing.
Monday: almost done, and boy howdy am I tired of uploading these! Poor iPad is below 25%, hope I make it.
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.
Right, so – here we go! My first bloom was last week, on Thursday.
So here is Friday:
I had two on Sunday but didn’t go out front until they were already drooping. Sorry!
Monday: a pink one!
Another twofer, but this one wanted a closeup.
And on another plant, one with a different shape.
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.