Of the new plants I’ve grown this year, the bulbs formerly known as Gladiolus callianthus have been one of my favourites. I prefer the name callianthus or Gladiolus murialae to Acidanthera – but in any case they blend in nicely with other plants in the garden and are beautifully scented. They are graceful, although like lillies the spent blooms remain hanging on the plant unless removed.
My double anemones have just started blooming. They look better in big clumps in the garden than in a vase I think, but they have a nice texture, like fine white cotton. I was picking them in the rain this morning – the remains of Winston which did so much damage in Fiji has brought us another couple inches of mostly gentle but persistent rain.
The foliage is a combination of all the vines going wild with the rain in my city garden : Jasmine, Trachelospermum, Pyrostegia, Tecomanthe venusta, and the Wisteria which comes back from under the deck even though I removed it years ago, and there are a couple dark pink single Dahlias and some Salvia leucantha which I snatched on the way out the gate this morning.
The orange circle in the background is the neighbour’s porch light – the days are getting shorter. Tomorrow is the first day of Autumn.
On the other side of the world Spring is coming to gardens and flowers to vases at Rambling in the Garden – maybe you would like to join in.