Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Gardening Daughter has gifted me with a new-to-me plant -- Crocosmia.  She planted a couple of stems (sans any flowers) about a week ago  in my front garden.  It wasn't but a couple of days later that the plants had produced flower stems, and yesterday the first blossoms appeared.  I don't know exactly what variety of Crocosmia this is... could be Lucifer, or perhaps Emberglow or Masonorum... names of several of the red varieties. Whatever the variety, it's unusual and very pretty.  I can visualize large clumps of them gracing this area.

She also brought me baskets of bright red Million Bells (calibrachoa), pink/purple/yellow Lantana, and a mixed dish garden of Lamb's Ears (Stachys byzantina); Angelonia and another variety of Million Bells.  Very colorful!

All this plant-gifting was in (unnecessary) payment for babysitting my granddaughter several days during the preceding week. 

Today is sunny... and dry, for a change.  It has rained almost every day for the last week, varying between downpours and drizzle.  The ground beneath the grass is almost boggy; goodness only knows when it will be mowed again.  Where's a goat when you need one?

Tomorrow is also a day -- and heavy thunderstorms are in the forecast.  Ah, well!


Jackie said...

These are beautiful! I've never seen this flower, but I love it. The color is amazing!

Betsy Adams said...

Sad about your birdies.... That always makes me cry. Nature can be so cruel.

Love the Crocosmia. Such pretty colors...

We are expecting some rough weather tonight I think.. WE NEED Rain --but not that severe stuff.


Snap said...

I'm going to have to do some research on the Crocosmia -- too pretty! I need some lantana for the butterflies. I'll take the rain ... would like to stay out of drought.

Peter said...

What a lovely gift from Gardening Daughter bless her! It is lovely to see such colourful flowers in the garden. If it carries on raining long enough, as an alternative to a goat... you may be able to get rid of the lawn altogether and grow rice!! :)

bittenbyknittin said...

Payment in plants - what a good idea! I have 'Lucifer' and it is very red. Love it.

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a beautiful flower! My yard is unbelievably dry even after all the rain we had. I was hoping for a little rain today but all we got was wind. :( blessings, marlene

Betsy Adams said...

Just me again stopping by to say HI. It's been so busy this summer and I didn't want to miss any of your posts... But- it looks like you have been busy also. Hope you haven't given up blogging.

We have had a milder than normal July which I love --but who knows what August will bring us... ha

Have a great summer..

Suldog said...

Wow. I'm a crummy blog buddy. Sorry for not stopping by sooner.

The flower reminds me of the dragon lilies we used to have in our front yard when I was a kid. Not exactly, of course - otherwise, it would be a photo of a dragon lily; duh! - but the color and general background, too.

Hope all is well. God bless.