September 30, 2014

End of Month Views in the September Greenhouse

A panoramic view -- you hardly need panorama to see 12x10x12' but it's fun to look at it this way.

... and wall by wall with Christmas lights on. I leave them up year 'round because the climbing required to put them up was kind of precarious for an old sister.

I still haven't ordered any bulbs to force. Maybe I won't do that this year.

Outside has white flowers.
I'm striving for a Claus Dalby look in
a sub-tropical climate. Not easy.

Thanks to Ronnie of Hurtled to 60 for the reminder that it was time to join Helen at a Patient Gardener for end of month views.

September 29, 2014

Sternbergia and other Fall Blooming Bulbs

It's always a surprise when the blooms of Sternbergia erupt from bare ground.

Sternbergia lutea, sent to me from Texas Gardener 
Barbara Nason several years ago.

Sternbergias are sometimes called 'Autumn Crocus' but they are of the Amaryllis family which makes them less susceptible to being eaten by critters. I think mine would like more sun.

We're still getting fresh blooms from Oxblood Lilies

 Rhodophiala bifida with Purple and Chartreuse for Fall.

The Red Spiders of Lycoris radiata persist, too.

All these bulbs will have green foliage during the winter, dying back in spring for summer dormancy before next fall's bloom. Careful placement keeps them from being sliced into during spring and summer planting.

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