Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hot Blooms

Seems like every day, a new plant blooms.  Good thing this camera is digital, or the processing costs alone would bankrupt me.
The non-seasonal heat seems to have brought out even more than usual around the ranch.  Click on the first pix to start the slideshow and enjoy!
 This has morphed into my 'Purple Corner'.  Between the inky purple 'Queen of the Night' tulips, the alliums and the 'Sensation' lilac, it all seems to be purple.  And, highly fragrant, even the allium.  Bonus!
 Allium.  Was supposed to be 'Persian Blue'.  Most obviously isn't that, but it sure smells divine

 The first of the wild seeded cornflowers blooms.  They reseed themselves like crazy, love the worst soil, don't much care to be watered even in 80 degree heat - and this is the reward, the gorgeous, sky blue flowers that will not stop until the first frost
 And the lewisia continues it's show of flowers
 A rare primula from Dancing Oaks Nursery
 Gizmo and Ho Dog's beautiful rhodie, blooming a bit early this year

 From the greenhouse, a 'Jewel of Africa' nasturtium bloom.  No, that is not a spider in the middle of it!
 Promise realized!  The 'Brandywine' crabapple perfumes the air and attracts every pollinator around
 Helianthus (rockrose)
 One of the ancient giant lilacs at the front of the house
 This was the weirdest bee ever - too bad it's not in focus, I'd sure love to know what it is.  Very stubby, wide and flat with long, dangly legs and short wings, all fuzzy muted yellow.  And very busy indeed
 A rare and beautiful astrantia major 'Vanilla Gorilla' from Dancing Oaks.  The actual flowers are the tiny little pink balls in the centre of the big open bract

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