For those who are the regular readers of my blog, you might have noticed that I have not posted anything for more than two weeks now. The weather has been wonderful for the garden in the past month, only this gardener has not got much time to work in the garden with numerous kids' activities and busy working schedule.
Of course, that did not stop me visiting my favorite local nursery and bringing two new begonias. I don't know what are their names, but I think they are Rhizomatous Begonias. Anybody recognize them, please let me know the names.
This one is said that can grow in the sun. I planted it in a new partial sun flower bed. I will write more about this new flower bed later.
This one requires shade, and as always, I struggled to find a shady place in my garden, so it is still in the container. Even without the flowers, I love the texture of its hairy foliage.
After being attacked by some sort of insects last year, this Orange Marmalade Crossandra was pulled off from the container (at least I thought I did). I was surprised and happy to see its glossy green leaves emerging from the soil. Now it opened its orange flowers again. Together with purple petunia and white frost diamond, they made a beautiful container combination.
Another orchid has been reblooming for me after I owned it for two years.
Indian blanket flowers (Gaillardia pulchella) have been blooming without any special care from this gardener. Can you believe all these flowers are coming from only three plants that were started from seeds last year?
African Iris and crown of thorns are another combination that doesn't require much of care once establised.
I noticed the flower buds from this Neomarica Caerulea 'Regina' (Giant Apostle's Iris) ten days ago and was looking forward to seeing its flowers in person for the very first time. Two days ago, I finally managed to come home in the daylight, only found the flowers are already gone! Since the plant is still quite young, I don't know when I can see they rebloom.
At least this bromeliad bloom is not easy to miss, it will be quite a while from it starts showing red to finishing the blooming.
Amazon Lily has also finished blooming. Its beauty is so impressive!
Meanwhile, Ground orchids just started their long blooming period. In my garden, It did not stop blooming until temperature dropped down to 40s and 30s.
For me, one of fun to grow a garden is to see the plants take turns to show their beauties, either through the flowers or the foliage. Each stage is unique for each plant. Even with a new garden as young as mine, I have been amazed with the cycle of the plants life.
I do believe Spring has arrived to my part of the garden. I am itchy to put my hands into the soil, at least more than what the time has permitted me.
Happy Gardening, my friends!