Miniature Gladiolus and Winter Fruits

I found this one miniature gladiolus growing in a large pot in a sunny place. It hasn’t been subjected to the mud which is everywhere at ground level and so is flowering while we are still technically in Winter.

With it is Cerinthe or Honeywort, an early plant just coming in to flower, with it’s lovely leaves varying from light yellow green through to almost turquoise and the purple flowers bees love. I added a few rocket flowers from winter salad pots on the deck at the last.

I’ve paired the flowers with grapefruit which matches the slightly greenish yellow in the gladiolus, a red tamarillo, some habaneros which have fruited all winter in the unheated greenhouse, and a jar of last year’s honey which has crystalised in beautiful little flower shapes.

Winter fruit with crystal honey flowers

The Kanuka trees make a honey which crystallises easily, but mostly it just turns to sugar in the jar. I have no idea why a few jars have crystalised so beautifully. It’s like delicious cake decorations to eat. I’ve been making ice cream lately, so perhaps I should try stirring some in, or drizzling it on top.

Crystalised honey in shapes like flowers
Cerinthe flower and leaves with miniature gladiolus
Cerinthe flower with rocket flower and the edges of gladiolus
Miniature gladiolus in a vase with winter fruits

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More sweet scents, Gladiolus murielae

I always think of these as Callianthus, and they are also known as fragrant Gladiolus, which makes total sense to me. Some people say the scent is like Gardenia; to me it smells like tropical evenings, a nice vision in this frosty weather.

The ones I planted years ago have been miserable and haven’t flowered since the trees around them grew big. This one popped up in a small terracotta pot on a sunny deck – a strong hint that I need to move them to a sunnier spot! They normally flower in autumn, but it’s been a warm winter until 2 weeks ago, and I suppose it’s been so dry in the little pot that it didn’t start to grow until late.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who has a sweet vase of Cornflowers today.

single pink miniature dahlia

In a Vase on Monday – Pink Posy with Roses and Dahlias

Right, these are more favourite Dahlias. Dahlia Profundo is the darker pink one. It’s not a big dahlia, but the little pink single is really tiny; it’s tubers are tiny too. It was a favourite of C’s mum, given to me by his aunt. Although it’s so small it has real presence, with the fully open flowers standing straight up and facing outward.
pink dahlias and roses in a vase

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In a Vase on Monday – Abraham Darby and Friends

I started with Abutilon, white and a rich strawberry colour, which have scrambled up into the trees and are flowering madly, but it all wilted before I could get it into the vase. Instead I picked Rose ‘Abraham Darby’ and Erysimum for scent, Penstemon ‘Hidcote Pink’, a few stems of Sisrinchium, Hydrangeas, Tree Dahlias, and a lot of the bright green chrysanthemums which have aged to an attractive orange – pink shading to green – yellow.

hydrangeas with chrysanthemum cut flowers


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