C’s Dad passed away this week, having fought cancer bravely and gained a hard won year. For him, the end was a blessing I think as he was in a lot of pain yet struggled with the effect of the painkillers on his ability to communicate.
I know this doesn’t really belong in this meme – however growing and gathering and photographing flowers is my main creative expression at the moment so… all things come into it.
The maroon and yellow Dutch Iris are growing in what I call the night garden, because many of the leaves and flowers are dark or intense colours – I imagine it as a city street at night with coloured neon signs. These are ‘Autumn Princess’ and ‘Lion King’.
These Spring flowering Kniphofia are a small fine – leaved variety – they look like a grass when not flowering, and the flowers are smaller than the standard ‘Winter Cheer’ type. The slightly hairy branch of buds is from the Cistus ‘Yellow Fever’ which is covered in masses of small yellow flowers beloved of bees. Unlike other Cistus, this grows well for me from cuttings just poked into free draining bits of the garden in Winter.
Several bees rushed in to take advantage of the flowers before I take them away. The almost fluorescent orange pollen on the osteospermum makes it clear where this bee has been.
Lavender ‘Sidonie’ is a bee favourite and has been flowering all winter. It gets huge, covering meters of space with its lovely deeply cut leaves and tall flower stalks like tridents – and then the whole thing often collapses and dies as Spring starts. I’ve lost one already this Spring and this one looks like it’s going to go soon too, so luckily I have some cuttings coming on. I think that it probably needs a dryer climate to last well.
As always, check out the flowers and vases at Rambling in the Garden.
The tall light blue flower stalk is a South African bulb Merwilla Plumbea, formerly Scilla Natalensis. Once it has been in the water for a day or so it will straighten up and open its individual flowers a few at a time over the next week.