Echinopsis 'Flying Saucer'
This is the first and only flower 'Flying Saucer' has produced. Not the plant's fault. I've taken poor care of it. Must do better.
The flower lasted only two and a half days, but what a beauty it was.
Blooms of May, 2021. Despite the dry winter, we're having a fabulous spring. Perhaps it is the previous winter that determines the health of flora? Last year we had excellent rain in April, just as most plants started growing again in earnest.
The Hemerocallis got going about a week ago.
Hesperaloe parviflora, which has produced only one flower stem in the several years its been here, has produced not four, but five stems this spring. I've been thanking it with extra water.
While the stem and the buds are a bright, eye-catching coral, the open flower is a delicately pale yellow:
Leucospermum 'Yellow Bird's spring show will be fallen and gone by June Bloom Day. The flowers are just beginning to fade. Each flower falls cleanly off the plant without any help.
The show had been even better this year. The plant I grew from a 'Yellow Bird' seed has established and produced more flowers than it did last year. This plant, on the other side of the driveway from its parent, is impressive now as well:
Sprekelia, a Mesoamerican member of the Amaryllis family:
Boophone distichia, a Sub-Sahara African member of the Amaryllis family
As the flower stem dries, it elongates, so the dried head of seeds can eventually pop off and roll away on a light breeze to spread seeds elsewhere.
I've already posted many photos of the hybrid members of the Amaryills family this Spring.
Then there are all the roses. 'Iceberg' still looks great...
Even closer up
'Tamora' and 'Young Lycidas'
The biggest show of all, 'Bishops Castle'
Pink crown for an Agave
This is one rose bush:
Okay, okay, enough of 'Bishops Castle' .
Starting to establish, finally
'Queen of Elegance''Fourth of July'
Clematis seedling that appeared a few years ago, and a darn nice seedling it is:
'The President' has never bloomed so much. A dozen flowers is nothing for a Clematis, but 'The President' usually produces just one or two flowers a year.
Salvia 'Blue Hill'
Salvia 'Blue Hill' with Salvia 'Love and Wishes', rose 'Munstead Wood', and Clematis 'Wisley'. I like these colors together. Must move that Ballota, though, and switch the warm pink Gerbera for the near-lavender one. Thinking hard about color combinations is a rabbit hole all on its own.
Salvia 'Pavement Purple' with Leucanthemum and Geranium 'Rozanne'
Unknown Fuchsia decorating the pond pipe I broke my arm trying to hide last year.
Hunnemannia with Leucophytum brownii. Thought the lighting was kind of dreamy.
I thought all the native Lupine succulentus had been eaten by blankety-blank rabbits, but they missed these that are somewhat surrounded by Agaves and Yuccas.
The last of the Itoh Peony flowers is just about to fall apart. A short but glorious few days of bloom.
See you next year!
This one was on the Lowe's death rack. I knew it could bounce back.
Even the 'Elijah Blue' Fescue is flowering. It rarely does.
Can't forget Sweet Peas, which were just beginning this time last month. The next heat wave will kill them off, but the next heat wave thankfully hasn't happened yet.
Aloe ellenbeckii under a curtain of Russelia
Aloe pseudorubroviolacea is the finale to the Aloe season that runs from August to June. (What's July's problem?)
Opuntia microdaysis 'Wavy Bunny Ears' flowers are not particularly showy. The Bougainvillea steals the shot:
One last shot of the now-fading Alstroemeria flowers under the Acer palmatum 'Oshio Bene'...
And we'll end with the towering Agave marmorata flower stem, now over 25' tall. There won't be any close-ups of those flowers.
Too far away, up in the sky!
Too many, too much. But I did warn you. Happy Bloom Day May!