I’m very happy today to share another season of Heather’s Garden in Michigan. Heather is married to my nephew James. Photos today by Heather Murphy. (Slight editing and mosaics by yours-truly.) Thanks again Heather for your generosity. For several weekends toward the end of May, Heather was working in the garden. First with her extensive perennials and then adding annuals. The overall effect is a lush green oasis in suburbia.Read More
Last week I shared what I thought was my last amaryllis. It was my last solid deep red amaryllis. Then I got a surprise from a little amaryllis I got as a forced bulb 3 years ago at Christmas and then planted in the yard. Last year no flower. I thought it was dying. It was a little green plant with a couple of small leaves. Then I noticed 2 small buds forming in almost the middle of May. I’ve explained before that most folks in my neighborhood have flowering amaryllis in February, March, and maybe April. My solid deep red amaryllis bloom late in April. Now this little red amaryllis with a solid white center has 2 flowers. I moved my little bunny over to pose him smelling a flower. (No there isn’t a great fragrance.)
Last Thursday was cooler after the previous days with highs in the 90″s F (this is Florida folks!). I went into the front yard about 7:30 am with my camera. Blue skies and lower humidity make me very happy. I find it easier to take photos outside early am or late afternoon before sunset. The bright Florida sun midday can wash out colors in flowers.
For the last ten days I have been enjoying my white lily time. I mentioned previously during my first two years in my home, I planted multiple white lilies. The first year only one plant survived the hot Florida summer. The second year none of the new plants survived. Each year that one lone lily has reproduced, and now I have multiple lilies beside my front porch.