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Early early Spring


I am celebrating the first day this year I need to wear shorts to work outside. I was out getting ready to make mulch this afternoon, but it was just too warm.
Lots of plants and bulbs are getting ready for summer, like the pod sibling to "Star of Portugal’, BTS#1. ’Star of Portugal is sculpted, and its sibling rarely show that trait. So guess which got registered in 2019.

The Pod Parent to this is also open. I had to list it as ‘Unknown’ when doing the registration because although I know which one was the pod parent (how could you not know which plant you harvested the seeds from) I had lost the record of its parentage, so it has the garden name of BSA#7 (based on its original location).

There is a pink that has started to flower, Dianthus ‘Rainbow Loveliness’. It is an example of extreme frills.

Also starting to flower is a bulb native to South America, Cypella herbertii.

The bulb that is doing particularly well in my garden is Ixia paniculata. While not as spectacular as Ixia viridiflora,
it has multiplied like crazy. Being a winter growing type, it disappears for the summer, so it doesn’t distract from the daylilies it grows among.

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lovely flowers and i admire your thourough record keeping [even if you do lose the odd one. ;o) ]

15 Apr, 2021


Lovely to see the start of your Daylilies flowering. Beautiful.

15 Apr, 2021


The cypella is attractive. I don't know it. You have some interesting bulbs in your collection. I envy you being out and about in shorts!

15 Apr, 2021


Shorts Wylie? I wish! Some beautiful pictures but the little Dianthus is my favourite.

16 Apr, 2021


Peak daylily season should be in about a month. There are a lot of them starting to open, now.
Cypella is easy to start from seed, if you can find it. And it does well in pots.
It is nice to have a couple of warm days and to be outside as much as possible. It makes the lockdowns and social distancing a little easier (we are up to 1 case on the island). I went shopping on the other side of the island the other day, and was talking with a friend as we drove past the hill where the bulls they use for the street fights they have here were resting. We speculated that the bulls have been so lazy this past year, that they might forget what they are expected to do when they go back to work.

16 Apr, 2021

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