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More spring flowers


Spring has started – it’s time to cut the grass again. The last time it was cut was about 4 weeks ago, but it is really starting to grow now.
One of the first Moraeas I got has opened. It is Moraea ochroleuca. The first photo is all the stalks it has, and then a flower from above.

The Sophora has started blooming. It is a small tree that I have had for about 20 years.

It is also time for several bulbs that I don’t do much with. They are doing very well by being left alone. When the foliage starts to die back, I take the strimmer to the area and then let in dry out in the summer. First is a Babiana. I had bought a pack of bulbs, then it started crossing with itself, and the color has become very different than the originals.

Coming up between the daylilies is Ixia paniculate:

It is also the time when the iris relative, Dietes grandiflora starts blooming. The flowers will last 2 days.

The Dahlia imperials continues to flower. It started in November and is still going strong. Sometimes it is called the Tree Dahlia because it is 10 – 15 feet tall. In the spring, it is mostly single flowers.

Back in August, I posted a photo of Aecmea caudata variegate starting to flower. Here it is today:

Another Aechmea, A. pineliana var. minata has flowered again.

The foliage in the background is Geranium maderense, which is worth growing just for the leaves.

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a lovely collection. I tried babiana a few years ago and they were gorgeous but they didn't survive the winter.

I have G maderense and its leaves are just starting to show. I also love the colour of the flowers.

Sadly the tree dahlia wouldnt be hardy in my garden. I would have to lift it every year. I would love them.

22 Mar, 2019


Your way with the camera brings out the best.

22 Mar, 2019


Lovely to see Dietes . . . saw them once on Kangaroo Island in Oz but couldn’t grow them in the UK.

22 Mar, 2019


Lovely photos

23 Mar, 2019


Thanks! I first saw Dietes when the ship I was on (the USS Midway) pulled in to Fremantle - the port for Perth, Australia. It was growing along some railroad tracks.
The tree dahlia never dies back like other dahlias, so I would not like to try moving such a huge plant around. It has become as wide as it is tall.

23 Mar, 2019


Some glorious flowers there, but what struck me most was the Sophora. I had one in my first garden but took it out because it went straggly. Now I can see..they just do go straggly as they mature. :)

24 Mar, 2019


I have been pruning the Sophora back, and it seems to be getting fuller in those areas.

25 Mar, 2019


Hope it thickens up nicely.

25 Mar, 2019

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