Anthesis

2 Aug

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’.

The first couple of blossoms opened last evening.

The first couple of blossoms opened last evening.

Look at all the little pinky-purple and blue spotting on the petals.

Look at all the little pinky-purple and blue spotting on the petals.

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.

So cheerful, even when neglected in hot, dry sun.

So cheerful, even when neglected in hot, dry sun.

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.

So many inflorescences! I found only one that was collapsed by slugs...

So many inflorescences! I found only one that was collapsed by slugs…

The flowers are doing weird things this year. Look at those petaloids!

The flowers are doing weird things this year. Look at those petaloids!

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?

In the shade and during dusk, the red hue really jumps out and burns your eyeballs - I love it!

In the shade and during dusk, the red hue really jumps out and burns your eyeballs – I love it!

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).

Cosmos are fun, easy annuals that bloom all summer leaving volunteers for next year.

Cosmos are fun, easy annuals that bloom all summer leaving volunteers for next year.

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!

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  1. Rainy Sunday | Terry Gardens - October 13, 2013

    […] One of my projects while I was working with the Trials Department this week was to take down a potted Begonia display. While we pulled the plants out of their pots and tossed them into a trailer to be composted, I took pity and saved some of the bright flowers for a bouquet. In the mix were a few hot colored Pelargoniums, so I collected the blooming stems and added them to the bouquet. (I think this Pelargonium is part of the Caliente Series, since it has the same intensity as the one I have back in Seattle.) […]

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