After a week of rain, June 24 has dawned sunny, hot, and very very humid. The Propagator regularly blogs “Six on Saturday,” six things that are worth looking at in the garden on that particular day. I thought it might be fun to join in and discovered that it is a good way to notice things. Once I started trying to decide what to photograph, I discovered that there was a lot going on in the garden.
(I should mention that I discovered “Six on Saturday” via the Rivendell Garden Blog. Check it out.)
1. Gloriosa superba
These seed-grown Gloriosa are in a large tub that I drag into the crawl space of the house and store dry over the winter. I also have several plants that overwinter in the ground, but they are a couple of weeks behind the tubbed plants and are still in bud. This is such a cool plant. Probably needs a blog post all of its own sometime soon.
2. Lilium lancifolium
This tiger lily is about six feet tall, but in just a few weeks it will be dwarfed by the clump of Silphium perfoliatum that is growing behind it.
3. Hemerocallis hybrid
This unlabeled daylily came from the sale rack of a local Home Depot. Not bad.
4. Tigridia pavonia
I had heard that Tigridia pavonia doesn’t like hot, humid summers and wet winters, so when I bought a bag of mixed-color corms last year, I expected them to give me a few interesting flowers and then disappear. Instead, it seems that virtually all of them survived the winter and many are producing inflorescences for a second year. This is the first flower to open this year.
5. Prosthechea mariae
In the greenhouse, an epiphytic orchid from dry woodland in northern Mexico. The pendant flowers are best appreciated from below, and their color suggests that they are moth pollinated.
6. Paphiopedilum Lynleigh Koopowitz
Another greenhouse orchid. This is a primary hybrid of two ladyslipper orchid species from southern China and Vietnam.