A recent stroll in the back garden revealed surprises and eagerly awaited gifts. My one and only Winecup, Callirhoe involucrata, is blossoming, a bit later than usual.
This single bloom was the first of what might be a limited Winecup flowering engagement this spring. Shade, which is becoming the norm for my back garden, is probably the culprit responsible for this tardy fuchsia offering.
The pollinators and I will enjoy these flowers over the next month, but I’m considering a move for this perennial native in the fall. I think I have just the right spot–one delivering of full sun–that will treat this plant right.
This pretty was a welcomed surprise.
I can tell you that it’s a Zephyranthes, but I’m not sure which one; if I ever knew the name, it’s long forgotten. I purchased some bulbs a few years ago from one of the stellar, locally owned nurseries here in Austin and happily planted away. Foliage, plus occasional snowy blooms, have made appearances after rains, but over time, the floral representatives of Zephyrus (Greek god of the western wind) disappeared from my gardens. I attribute the decline to the ever-increasing shade (that again!) and also, to heavy, clayey soil. Rain lilies thrive in sun and also in situations where the bulbs aren’t disturbed.
I planted the bulbs at the opposite end of my garden from where this bit of serendipity popped up, so I suppose that Zephyrus did his job and blew seeds (one, anyhow) to a different home.
I’m tickled at the one–and look forward to more!
My Claude Ikins pond lily didn’t return this year.
It’s odd that a pond lily would decline, but so it did, with rotted roots and no new foliage. I needed another lily to cover the pond surface, the foliage acting to decrease water temperature and serve to protect fish from fish-hungry birds. I’m sorry that the Claude didn’t return, as I loved the pure yellow blooms and more importantly, so did a variety of pollinators. Perhaps I should have replaced it with the same brand, but I allowed myself talked into this gorgeous critter:
Wanvisa waterlily has vibrant pinky/orange petals with cream-to-yellow streaks; it is a dramatic and richly colored lily. Though it didn’t happen with this first bloom, apparently Wanvisa will sometimes open with a section of petals rocking a Bride-of-Frankenstein streak of cream or yellow with the rest of the flower as you see it here.
I guess the lily thought that might be too wild for this gardener to handle for the debut bloom, so it’s demonstrating its more subdued side.
The lily pads are equally lovely, with deep burgundy mottling. Individual pads are large and rapidly covering the pond surface. That Great blue heron who has visited will have to hunt his goldfish from some other pond.
The other water-lily in my pond is a Colorado, and pink, though of a tamer hue.
It’s also a beautiful flower and the native bees are pleased with its donations of pollen and nectar.
While the Colorado seemed the choice of the moment for the bees, don’t think that the Wanvisa is a slouch in the pollinator buffet department.
I think these two lilies will get along just fine and that the bees and the gardener will cheer their success.