A Glad Day

It is a Glad day in my garden.

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The colorful spikes of Gladioli are in bloom.

I have acquired many types over the decades.

My favorite hybrid is the well-known Priscilla.

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I am also enjoying a new mix for the second year, called Mardis Gras.

 

Interestingly these Mardi Gras bulbs only bloomed white last year.

Their only distinguishing feature was the purple stamens, instead of the usual white.

 

More vibrant colors have emerged this season.

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These flower spikes must have support or they will bend over, especially after a rain.

This year, I planted them inside a circle of tomato rings with a tall Hibiscus in the center.

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It has been a much better arrangement than the “Glads Flop” row last year.

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A Hoya

I have never had a Hoya that bloomed until now.

I think the secret is to ignore them.  This one could not be reached with the hose.

My other three show no signs of blooming.

I first spotted little brown clusters hanging down from the stems.

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Then the clusters enlarged and turned a pale shiny pink.

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Then one by one the flowers opened to reveal the red, star centers.

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The cluster slowly became a beautiful ball.

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Today the clusters of flowers were fully open.

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This is a real thrill!

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FLOWER has a new flower.

The Town Parade

We always watch the parade from the funeral home. They have an awning for shade.

The Troutman parade never disappoints.

It’s a mix of characters and critters,

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cars and campers,

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patriotic symbols and patriots,

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and of course there’s a band,

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advertisements for businesses,

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even real animals

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but my FAVORITE of all slipped quietly by in the midst of all the action and noise.

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A precious little lady in her bonnet, shyly waving to the crowd.

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Oh! I love a parade.

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An Anomaly

Infrequently, we find a freak in the garden.

The latest was found yesterday.

I mean an irregularly formed flower.

Sometimes calla blooms curl down as they get heavy with seed or full of water.

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A normal bloom looks like this from the top.  A folded spathe around a spadix.

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NORMAL Calla bloom

I went to stake a droopy Hot Chocolate bloom back up and found a surprise.

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DOUBLE calla bloom/two spathes

The bloom included a double spathe.

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FLOWER loves her freaks, too.

Blackberry lilies

The lovely flowers of Belamcanda chinensis are always welcome, no matter where they show up.

This is an iris relative.  Its leaves are very similar to an iris, except they fan out from a central stem.IMG_1524

The name comes from the black seed clusters that resemble blackberries. (Not pictured)

There is a wide range of colors.  They have mixed  over the years.

I love their wiry, tall stalks and the butterfly-like flowers.IMG_1501

Upon close inspection you can see their pretty little spots.

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Easy to grow, propagate and move.  Just don’t eat the seeds.

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An Easy Aster

Peachie’s Pick Stokes Aster/ Stokesia laevis is really showing off right now.

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This wonderful plant has ragged purple blooms.

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that are popular with bees and butterflies.

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I have divided it over the years.

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It seems to thrive in any sunny location.

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