Wow, Huey's laying on a pearler of a first week of spring. Sunshine plus warmth in the 20s every day, and for the next few days it seems. Love your work this week at least, Huey! While all the garden renovations chugg along nicely, the established plants in other parts of the garden where mattocks aren't being swung have all jumped out and, if they could speak, would be cheering loudly. The whole show here is starring, of course, the dazzling scadoxus family, but they're not the only spring bloomers around here.
|The Scadoxus are at their peak right now, after taking|
more than a week to fully open.
|This year there are four of them, last year three.|
They're at their best in the late afternoon, when the
low sun catches the tops of the flower tips.
|The largest of them seems to be making babies while|
still blooming. Ever the optimist, I am hoping this is
a good thing, the beginning of a scadoxus empire,
achieved without much help from me, I might add.
|The hum of bees is the soundtrack to being out here|
right now, and it looks like these baby lime-ettes
indicate that a bee has paid a welcome visit here.
|When limes flower profusely, lemons flower too, but|
not quite in such abundance, and in a different colour
scheme, too. Both have a lovely fragrance to be near.
|Reliable as ever, the pinky-white cymbidium orchids|
make their September appearance with aplomb.
As the garden is being renovated now it isn't quite as filled with flowers as it usually is at this time of year, but the old regulars are still a delightful bunch to have around. This really is the nicest start to spring that we've had for several years – may it continue this way for as long as possible, I say.