I have done relatively little work in the garden since October, when we returned from our home leave in the U.S. — so finding these bird of paradise or Strelitzia reginae blooms this morning was a nice surprise.
I will keep this post quite short because our internet speed has taken a nosedive today (descending to brink-of-tears level), and I just need to get on and off and go decorate the tree.
This is my last Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day report from Rwanda. Next month, we are moving to Stuttgart, Germany. We are very excited about living in Europe for the first time. Please stay tuned. . . . and send me recommendations of German gardens to visit.
To see what’s blooming today for other garden bloggers, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
And have a wonderful holiday season!
Flowers in the borders around our lower lawn, August 15, 2014.
To see what’s blooming in other garden bloggers’ gardens, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
Strelitzia reginae or bird of paradise.
Here are some of the flowers that are blooming in my garden today.
Russelia equisetiformis or coral or firecracker plant
Pale yellow R. equisetiformis
The plants fountain over the retaining wall.
R. equisetiformis in front of Lantana camera
L. camera or Spanish Flag
Oenothera missouriensis or Missouri primrose
Strelitzia or bird of paradise
Orange and yellow dahlia
Looking up into Brugmansia or angel’s trumpet
Kniphofia uvaria or red-hot poker
Aster oolentangiensis or sky blue aster in the cutting garden
Garlic chives seedhead
Bearded iris and marigolds
GBBD — the 15th of every month — is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Click here to see other garden bloggers’ mid-June flowers.
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Miriam had allowed her interest in gardening, which had gradually grown to a full-fledged hobby, to consume and define her. . . . She didn’t care for clothes anymore, just equipment; knee pads, trowels, a little bench to carry about and kneel on. To pray to her god, the garden.
— William H. Gass, from Middle C
(In the novel, the main character’s mother discovers her love for gardening after he gives her a stolen packet of annual seeds.)