Here are some wandering comments on photos from twenty-six minutes of an evening walkabout about Wishetwurra Farm.
The daylily (hemerocallis). We have a dozen or more varieties in bloom here right now.
Yellow daylily. We’ve got yellows, oranges, pinks, and reds from bright to burgundy.
Here’s one of the reds.
One of our favorite hemerocallis is in bloom now. This is an evening photo, at the end of the day, the bloom is still looking strong. Its red confuses my camera, but after some working over, the image gives an idea of what the color is like. I’ve never seen a red quite like it. When it opens in the AM, it is so RED you can’t quite believe it. We rescued the plant from a construction site a number of years back. It was clawing its way through a pile of concrete rubble. We stole it, taking it away from certain death. We are guilty of theft, but we are not sorry for our crime.
In a rough area at the edge of where we park our car, a Black-eyed Susan has arisen.
All spring, we’ve carefully avoided decapitating this plant with the lawn mower. Our mercy has been rewarded with blooms.
From red, we progress to a shorter wavelength light — the red-orange blaze of tithonia, the Mexican Sunflower.
We grow tithonia every year without fail, despite the fact that the plant has faults. We can’t resist the color. Neither can the hummingbirds.
Our zinnia patch is zinning at last.
A zig (or is it a zag?) of zinnias.
Is not a disaster.
Most wild sweet peas are a strong pink, but from time to time you get whites and pinks.
Wild sweet pea. Lathyrus latifolius. As the botanists say, “Vine to 6 feet long with winged stems, petioles, and peduncles which uses petiole-terminating tendrils to climb.” See also: https://thetompostpile.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/po-lathyrus/
We have another “saved from certain death” plant.
No crimes were committed in acquiring this plant. My grandmother’s house had been sold, and I’d gotten permission to take what I wanted from the old place. One act of salvage was digging this hydrangea, which is now so big and strong it threatens to impede access to the outside shower.
Yesterday the very first gladiolus blossom opened.
C. loves these. She says, when asked about about glads, that they are striking. Her adjectives include “gorgeous, regal, unusual”, and “rich”. Sounds thrilling, doesn’t it?
We’ll close this post with hollyhock.
With maroon hollyhock.
Or is it burgundy hollyhock?
Our pals at Wikipedia say, “Burgundy is a dark red tending towards purple or a dark red tending towards brown. It takes its name from colour of Burgundy wine. Ironically, the French refer to the colour in reference to another French wine, calling this shade of red “Bordeaux”.
Bumblebee in bordeaux/burgundy.
The bumblebees adore the hollyhocks.
The pollen always scatters, clings to bee and to flower….
Bumblebee in Hollyhock, Wishetwurra Farm.
Flecks of pollen.
Arrayed on deep-space purple.