"Nature always wears the colors of the spirit."
It is so good to be walking the garden and visiting with my plants again! There is so much color and beauty to lift the spirits day after day!
Don't know the name of this daylily, but it is one of the most vigorous in my garden and has enormous blooms. Always a cheery sight for the soul!
April is certainly month of the lily here at PITV. We've got lilies of all sorts poppin' up everywhere. This is a species Hippeastrum, which to me looks very much like an Easter lily, with its long trumpet. I love white flowers...they always bring me a feeling of peace.
Ahhh...the blues that return in spring! Doesn't blue make you feel cool and refreshed? We have a few blue balls that have risen up and opened this past week on the Agapanthus. I'm thinking of adding some to the front garden this week.
More brilliant orange to energize the spirit...Clivia (aka Bush Lily, or Kaffir Lily) is our new passion here at PITV. We've had this plant for a couple of years, but this is the first year it has bloomed....and not just any bloom....giant big bouquets of blossoms!!! I first planted this as an experiment, since I didn't know anyone who grew it. It has done so well, that we've recently added several more specimens to the garden. So exciting!
Yeah, it's the lilies that keep catching my eye these days. I love spring! This is Hemerocallis 'Miss June'--a cultivar I have a lot of, since they are so tempting at the garden centers every spring. Don't you just love yellow? It always makes me feel sunny and happy.
Oh, here's one that is not a lily. As I mentioned in my last post, my garden was neglected for many long months this past year. Miraculously, some of my orchids survived. I say miraculously because they were all under roof and not watered at all during that time, much less fertilized. About half of them died. Only one of my phal's survived, and this is it. I also had a couple of old dendrobiums, a couple of vandas, an oncidium, and a tough old cattleya survive. I spent the weekend moving most of the surviving orchids out under the ancient oak, just in case life smacks me in the face again. The "Orchid Room" has now become the "Hoya-Christmas Cactus-Cereus" room. Rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?
My Neoregelia 'Passion' ~ The brilliant pink does stir a bit of passion in me...I just love this neo's moniker. But ya know, I swear I've had this specimen at least two years, and it has yet to pup. Wow, it's really taking its time! Hurry up and make some babies, Passion!
Those who've read my blog a lot may recall my favorite of all amaryllis that I post every spring. She is named 'Aphrodite' ~ Isn't she an over-the-top beauty?!!!
Here's a bloom that I always find fascinating. It's the bloom of the tree philodendron.
Here's one of my favorite perennials for that sunny, hot southside....Mealy Cup Sage 'Victoria Blue.' The blue hue seems to cool the blazing sun, at least for the eyes. And I love how quickly they return from winter!
May your spirit reflect the colors of nature today....
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