A Spring Day

Today is a beautiful Spring day and some new flowers decided to open.  The Amaryllis that I got at a plant exchange put up two stalks and all four flowers opened at the same time.

This Iris was found in a mulch delivery many years ago.

These big bees are everywhere.  I haven’t been able to photograph them, but there are Robins singing in the trees.  They are probably refueling for their trip north.  The Ruby Throated Hummingbirds have arrived.

Happily, the next generation of Monarch butterflies are in the making.

I’ve had several Monarch butterflies floating around the garden.  This one seems a bit beat up.  Maybe it made the flight from Mexico.  Can you see the caterpillar on the leaf?

I hope you can find some beauty in your day.


Currently Blooming

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I have been a bit worried about whether or not my perennials and reseeders would come back this year after all the harsh weather.  Butterflies and Hummingbirds are starting to arrive and there was not much for them to feed on as the freeze took most of the flowers.  I have been relieved the past week or so to see my plants returning. The following photos are of plants that have faithfully grown in the Automatic Garden for years.

I have a large collection of Amaryllis, but they have not bloomed over the last few years.  I was thrilled to find this one blooming.

This little Coreopsis has started to put out a few flowers.

Clematis do not enjoy our climate, but this one is in a pot on the shaded patio.  It really liked the cold spell and has put out several blooms.

The White Soldiers (Drimiopsis maculata)  have been a prolific and are planted throughout the gardens.  This patch sat in water for days.

Old faithful, my red Saliva  (Coccinea), was completely mowed down from the freeze and is just starting to come back.

This small shrub was started by seed. The original Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Brunfeisia) was accidentally cut down recently.

The red Canna was a passalong and I don’t think any amount of bad weather could kill it.

For nearly 20 years the Back Eyed Susan has been reseeding itself.

Bees and hummers are happy to see the Gulf Coast Penstemon flowers. This plant is also a passalong and does so well that it needs to be thinned every year.

The Columbine aquilegia has not done well lately, so it was good to see several plants blooming this year.

Speaking of faithful, the rabbits are back and appear when I am out in the yard to remind me to put some seed down for them.

Of course no good deed goes unpunished and the rabbits ate my new Coneflower down to the ground.

 

 


Into the Woods

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Into the woods it went.  A lonely Amaryllis.  How did it get there?  Did the mother plant send out seeds?  Probably not as the bulb is really big.

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I have a feeling it was transplanted by that bushy tailed rat we call a squirrel.  It was probably burying the Amaryllis bulb for a snack on a cold winter’s day.

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Most of the Amaryllis in the garden aren’t blooming any more, but this one is sure happy in the woods.

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In fact, it is so happy that it has started to reproduce and two more are on the way.


When It Rains…You Get Rain Lilies

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Day two after a rain shower.

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Day three and they are in full bloom.

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Rain Lilies (Zephyranthes) are in the Amaryllis family.  They are so interesting as they almost always bloom three days after it rains.  Rain Lilies can tell the difference between sprinkler water and rain water.  Only water from Mother Nature will make them bloom. This one blooms in the spring although some are fall bloomers. Rain Lilies also come in yellow and white.  There are wild ones that grow here on the Gulf Coast and have a wonderful scent.  They reproduce by seeds and offsets.  If the flowers are snapped off before going to seed, they will continue to bloom several more times.  Their leaves are evergreen and look nice all year, which is just perfect for the Automatic Garden.


Amaryllis

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When the stars, moon and sun are lined up, amaryllis become Easter lilies on the Gulf Coast.  Because of the climate, they can be planted in the ground and take care of themselves.  Some will even reproduce.  So, when Easter comes later in April and the spring time is warm,  amaryllis will bloom beautifully just in time for Easter.  Needless to say, this year Easter was early and spring was cool.  The amaryllis celebrated May Day instead.