Anthesis is a botanical term that refers to the process of a flower opening and becoming fully functioning. Since my last post a few days ago a few more plants decided to bloom. It looks like the Tricyrtis formosana var. glandosa ‘Blu-Shing Toad’ read my last post and decided to bloom yesterday! Tricyrtis are naturally found growing in the understories of forests throughout Asia, which gives reason for their penchant for soils rich with organic matter and consistent moisture. This species is fairly easy to grow, providing flowers late in summer and into early autumn when most plants have long since finished. (Just remember to bait for slugs and snails.) Tricyrtis formosana is found high in the mountains of Taiwan, hence the epithet ‘formosana’.
Have you ever had flowers sneak up on you? Well my poppies are doing that to me! I swear I did not see any buds on my Papaver rupifragum ‘Flore Pleno’. However, I went out to water them yesterday, and to my surprise I found a voluptuous, orange flower and there are even more buds on the way! I’ve read and heard warnings that this plant seeds around quite a bit, but apparently they are easy to pull up. Plus, I love a filler that will grow and bloom in tough conditions.
And on to something scented… Way, way in the back around the corner where the first Primula denticulata lives there is an old hosta that grows in the same bed: Hosta ‘Royal Standard’. It’s got puckered, glossy, deep green leaves, and every year it starts to bud in late summer and blooms right through early autumn. The flowers are a pristine white and they emit the most delicious jasmine fragrance, which grows stronger as day turns to night.
Bright reds are a difficult color to photograph and there are two flowers that are giving me some grief. Okay, find your sunglasses and put them on. Are you ready?
Wasn’t that blindingly red? It’s Pelargonium Caliente® ‘Fire’. I think the petals are SO reflective that the camera’s light meter gets overwhelmed. The next one is Cosmos ‘Sonata Carmine’. It’s not as bad as the pelargonium, but it’s petals are also reflective, so the camera isn’t picking up the true carmine color. In person the petals are a richer red, but satiny (which matches the Rosa chinensis ‘Mutabilis’ behind it).
That was just a quick update. This coming week I’ll be quite busy, but hopefully by that time I am able to post again I will have more and exciting things to write about. See you soon!