Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day in February

This quilt recently arrived at our house as part of our Art in Embassies exhibition of contemporary fine American crafts.   It has been generously loaned by fiber artist Terry Kramzar of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and the title is “Tiger Lilies.”

I had the idea that I would feature daylilies for this month’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day when we unpacked the quilt. Today, I went out into the garden, which normally has a lot of blooming daylilies around the drive, and found only two.

I have no idea which cultivars of Hemerocallis these are.  You can see some of the new ones for 2012 at allanbecker.gardenguru.

The tiger lilies in the quilt are Hemorocallis fulva. They are native to the Himalayas, China, Japan, Korea, and southeastern Russia and were brought to America from England in the early 17th century.

Here’s a little of what else is blooming in the garden today.

A small pink (a bit coral) shrub rose of unknown variety. This is really nice. We need to try to root some cuttings.

We also have this yellow crown of thorns or Euphorbia Milii, native to Madagascar. I like this plant, and there are two of them in the garden. One, with red blooms, is right next to some steps, and this one is in a rather ugly container next to the parking area. It’s not going to be fun to move them.

Here’s why.

Our lobster claw or false bird of paradise, Heliconia (I think I have Heliconia rostrata), has put forth a lot of huge blooms, but its foliage is a little tatty. Heliconias are native to the tropical Americas and the Pacific Ocean, west to Indonesia.

Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day (the 15th day of every month).