Thursday, July 8, 2010

Garden Blooms: May through July in White

Been a long time since I wrote anything here, but I can show how busy it has been in the garden - blooms, rain, sun, growth endlessly, and lots of gardening in all of it! 

Shown above in order of blooms - the orchids, the roses, and now finally my tuberoses that I have just planted this year!  Tuberoses are grown from large bulbs and grow primarily in zones 9 through 11.  We are in zone 10b, so I was delighted when a good friend told me about them and urged me to grow them if I could.  I sent for 12 bulbs from and planted them in late April.  Then the weather went crazy - HOT, no rain, then lots of rain, then HOT, etc., etc.  All 12 bulbs sent up shoots, but only 2 of them have actually produced flower stalks, and then we got 3.5 inches of rain just a couple of days ago when they were about to burst open - just after I took the picture above.  Now they are brown around the edges, but I am still hopeful for full blooms.   At any rate, the buds smell heavenly!