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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Bloom Day

In response to Carol's suggestion at May Dreams Gardens that garden bloggers post photos of whatever's blooming in their gardens on the 15th of each month, here's my rather limited contribution: an aloe vera in bud, chasmanthe looking a little like fireworks, and a calla lilly about to unfurl.



4 comments:

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I love the chasmanthe! Have never seen them before, so I assume they are tropicals?

Claire Splan said...

The chasmanthe was given to me a year ago by a friend, who did not know what they were. This is the first time they've bloomed here and I was just thinking that I needed to figure out what they were when, lo and behold, a catalog from Brent and Becky's Bulbs arrived with a picture of them on the cover. So here's what Brent and Becky say about them: This type is called Chasmanthe floribunda and it's native to South Africa. (South Africans seem to have the coolest plants and lucky for us, they do really well here in the bay area.) It is in the Iridaceae family and the common names for it are Delicate Lilly or Fragrant Amaryllis.

Carol said...

Thanks for participating. It's interesting to see who has what in bloom, and I'm learning about some new plants like the Chasmanthe!

Carol at May Dreams Gardens

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Ah... thanks for the explanation, Claire. I can't believe that they're fragrant, too--that just seems to be gilding the lily! *grin* Sounds like this is one I'll have to keep admiring on your blog, though... never would it make it around here.

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