Gloriosa superba is now in flower!
It is superb, it is glorious but sadly considered a weed in northern parts of Australia! I've seen it running wild along the foreshore at Noosa in Queensland, but ours were procured from a commercial source in Victoria (where it is not a weed!).
We grow it in large pots so that it can be kept relatively dry during the winter. They also need water during the summer months so are at odds with our climate! The tubers do migrate to the bottom of the pots and out the drainage holes so re-potting is required on an annual or biennial basis. Escapees do not persist in our garden,
Lori, for a minute there, I thought you were talking about your Aquilegia picture. Boy was I perplexed!
What kind of rock are those beauties growing in?
Ooops, I will go back and clarify the previous comments! :-) The Aquilegia flavescens is indeed native and non-invasive - it doesn't even seem to be much in cultivation. It's growing there among limestone boulders, Rick... lots of limestone in the Rockies here.
I wonder if this is Ranunculus nivalis, seen in Kananaskis Country, AB, at ~2500m elevation? The sepals are brown on the backsides, as for R. nivalis.
It's growing there among limestone boulders
I wish we could get limestone that color here....
While I do occasionally find light gray tones of limestone in the wild here, they are never accessible, either on public environmentally sensitive lands or just too far from roads to make it at all practical. Limestone for sale is always a yellow-beige here.
Achillea ageratifolia is a hardy fellow. Back when we had cold winters, it always did well for me in a trough,.
you do better with that one than I do! Even though it's called "Hardy Amaryllis" it has not persisted in our garden - either the frost hits it at a sensitive time or it doesn't like the watering regime!
Here's Rhodophiala bifida, a blood red clone which is quite eye-catching - I'm hoping it bulks up enough to make a spectacular display one year
For years I only had one clone (an orangey-red one) and never got any seed but got this a couple of years ago from a friend and have used it to set seed on the other clone - just waiting for the progeny to flower now!
That L. squamigera is the only plant I have that I semi regularly need to protect from spring frost (about every 3 years). Despite it's deep planting it comes up at the same time as the Corydalis solida! I have but one measely Rhodophiala seedling in a pot. I would be happy with any Rhodophiala, let alone with such a beautiful color! I wonder if mine will ever bloom....
Rhodophiala baffle me as well! It took ages for the original clone I had to get to flowering size but since then they have flowered regularly - except last year! This one is in a bed which gets summer water and I wonder if that is why it is in flower already (the other one is usually in flower in March when the weather has started to cool down)
the weather is getting much warmer.
I managed to take some pictures yesterday at the garden.
The Pusatilla was closed by the time I wnt to take the pictures.
difficulty uploading more pictures.
Lovely, Fermi. Our summer seems to be ending early, with rain and cool temperatures. Spring is even farther away for us!