This was a lemon/lime colored Kniphofia – now it’s orange. It bloomed lemon/lime all last summer, its first bloom this year was lemon/lime, now this. What’s up!? Could it be that my garden is color coordinating itself? We put up the orange shade pavilion and my Kniphofia changes color to match, odd. I must say I miss the lemon lime…
Usually when I am in the garden I’m working or hanging out on the patio with friends. Neither allows for a lot of staring at individual plants. Playing construction assistant this weekend I ended up doing quite a bit of standing, waiting and looking. I kept finding something that needed pulling or pruning but as soon as I wandered over to do it I’d be asked for a hammer, or a box of nails and I never managed to get to whatever I headed off to do. I did get to stare long and hard at the Crocosmia and notice that they are just about to bloom. I really like this stage when the pattern is so dramatic. I might have missed it if I had been buzzing around like usual.This plant is related to the Ocotillo (I believe); it has sentimental value as it was one of the first gifts I bought for my husband when we started dating. Most of the year it looks like dead sticks, but when the weather warms and rains a couple of times it sprouts happy little green leaves. I planted Caladium bulbs but gave up waiting on them after I found a couple plants for a great price while grocery shopping (how handy that the grocery store has an okay garden center too). I love the pink paint splattered leaves. It’s the type of thing I’ll decide I hate someday, but right now I love their patterns.
Earlier this spring I had the unfortunate timing to bring my Aeonium “Sunburst” outside the day before we had a hail storm. Its perfect petals (they do look like flower petals don’t they?) were trashed. No more – it’s a fast grower this time of year and has produced enough new growth to shed all the damaged petal/leaves.
While holding the ladder and praying my husband didn’t fall, I spent a great deal of time staring at the agaves, I love their dramatic patterns and shapes. They all have their own unique beauty, to honor them I’m declaring tomorrow “agave day”. Here’s an agave appetizer … to whet your appetite. This one is not from my collection; I took this picture at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. It's also the agave in the background of my blog header.