NEW GARDEN SEASON!

We finally got some rain…

                                                                     

a good, long, soaking, rain and temperatures have dropped to somewhere near ‘normal’ for this time of year. Hard to believe we are at the end of September begining of October!

                                                                        

One of the self sowing, perennials in my garden is the Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta). This plant has graceful arching foliage of matt, fuzzy, texture and flowers that look like orchids (below) which open along each axil of the leaf.

                                                                  

 Its bloom time coincides with the first camellias, marking a NEW GARDENING SEASON.

In my garden, the first Camellias to bloom are the Tea Plant, (Camellia sinensis)

                                                                    

Camellia sasanqua ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ 

                                                                    

 and Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana Jima’. (below)

                                                                      

 Typically the sasanqua camellias  bloom through the autumn followed by the japonica type that will continue all winter. More on the differences in the next post, when I welcome you to ‘The Camellia Walk.’… another part of  the garden.

© All photos & text 2010

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5 thoughts on “NEW GARDEN SEASON!

  1. How fascinating my Camellias wont flower until March/April and my toad lily is in flower now but there is little chance of it self-sowing. Its so interesting to see what is flowering where in the world compared to here.

  2. Dear Sandra, Self- sowing Tricyrtis! How splendid that would be when I consider how mine have to be fussed and coddled over in order to stay alive. And, the Camellias throughout autumn into winter….how lovely!

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