Saturday, April 25, 2015

Tetraploid Daylilies

Here is a look at some tetraploid Daylilies.   
Tuscawilla Tigress  (Hansen, 1988).
Tuscawilla Tranquility (Hansen, 1988).
Sweet Patootie (Warner, 1976)
Margueritte Pittard (Grovenstein, 2006).
Mama's Cherry Pie  (F. Shooter, 1998).
Implausibility (Chase, 1997).
Insider Trading  (Buntyn, 2003). 


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Aztec Gold  (Dennett, 1936)
Butterscotch Ruffles  (Harling, 1978)
Calypso   (Luther Burbank, 1917)
Bitone Daylily.  Variety name unknown.  
Gravity Schmavity (Terri Jones, 2006)
Hemerocallis fulva Europa
Purple Waters (Russell, 1942) when first open.
Purple Waters (Russell, 1942) about three hours later.  This is the same bloom as above.


Irises.   The number and kinds of Irises that will grow in Florida is limited by climate conditions.  However...  Blooming so far in 2015.
Iris albicans.  This is the only bearded Iris I have had real success with.  It increases well, but has to be grown in a pot with potting soil.
Iris tectorum Alba.  Mixed results but looks promising.  
Iris virginica.  Don't let it get too dry.
Iris virginica Alba.  Don't let it get too dry. 


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Walking Irises.  These tender members of the Iris Family are native to Central and South America.  They are attractive and some are fragrant.  All have to be protected from cold.  
Neomarica candida.  
Neomarica fluminensis.
I don't know how I ended up with double image but this is Neomarica northiana.  
Neomarica 'Regina.'

Daylilies.  These are also known by the botanical name Hemerocallis.  There will be many posts about Daylilies on this blog.  This post shows the first two Daylilies to bloom this year.  GALADRIEL and SWEET PATOOTIE are reliable early bloomers here.  They typically start blooming in the last third of March at my location in Dunnellon, Florida.  Shown below is SWEET PATOOTIE. (Warner, 1976.)

   Above is SWEET PATOOTIE with GALADRIEL below. 
Dietes.  Some call these "African Irises."  They are members of the Iris Family.  

This is Dietes grandiflora.  "Fortnight Lily"  This plant can bloom during the winter [if it doesn't get frozen] and in the spring.  Notice it is in a sheltered location.  
Dietes bicolor.  This is a spring bloomer.  Notice it also is in a sheltered location. 
Sisyrinchium -- Also known as "Blue Eyed Grass."  This native plant is not a grass, but is a member of the Iris Family.  

This is a close up of a bloom on this plant.
This is Sisyrinchium angustifolium growing wild by the front walk.
This is Sisyrinchium albidum, which is a white form.   

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

This entry is to show trees and shrubs that bloomed earlier this spring.  Some will be familiar to those further north.  I am at or near the southern limit though for many of those.  Where I live gets too cold in winter for plants grown further south in Florida.  
This is a closeup of the bloom on Walter's Viburnum.  I missed much of the bloom time on this species because I was in the hospital due to gallbladder issues.  The gallbladder is now gone.
 Above and below are looks at blooms on the tree form of Walter's Viburnum.  

This shows bloom on the shrub form of Walter's Viburnum.  
Shown is Redbud the second day after I got home from the hospital.
Fragrant Redbud blooms.  
 Above are two photos showing close looks at the blooms of Chickasaw Plum.
Above and below are looks at the flowers on the Chickasaw Plum tree.  

This is a closer look at Dogwood blooms.  This one is fragrant. 
Above and below are blooms on a Cherry Laurel shown fairly close up.  These are fragrant.  
This is a Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly on the Cherry Laurel.  

Above and below shows the bloom habit on Cherry Laurel.  
Above and below:  Azalea.  

This is a close look at Bridal Wreath Spirea.
This is how the shrub looks in bloom. 
This photo shows Fringe Tree blooms up close.  These are wonderfully fragrant.  
Shown above and below are Fringe Trees.  

Above and below are two more Fringe Trees.  I guess you all know I like Fringe Trees...   The blue flowers are Spiderworts.  

     All trees and shrubs shown in this post have finished blooming for the season.