A Heart Song

A glance at the otherwise ignored garden this morning made my heart sing—there are three stems of Spider Lily in bloom.

Lycoris radiata (Spider Lily)

The spider lilies are rising above Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ (Black-eyed Susan) and fresh green columbine foliage.

Lycoris radiata (Spider Lily)

Lycoris radiata (Spider Lily)

This is a new sedum in my garden this year, Sedum s. ‘Autumn Fire.’ It does not love the enormous quantity of rain we have experienced lately.

Sedum s. ‘Autumn Fire’ (stonecrop)

Still underwhelming, Dahlia ‘Fireworks’ is blooming a bit more profusely than earlier in summer.

Dahlia ‘Fireworks’

Dahlia ‘Fireworks’

Zinnias continue to steal my heart as well.

Zinnia Cut and Come Again (Zinnia elegant pumila)

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) August 9, 2018

I am so far behind on reading blogs and answering comments but hope to catch up soon. Lately I have been teaching a lot of yoga classes, working on a garden club projects and entertaining my dear sister-in-law. Busy times but in a good way.  Hope your heart is happy today too.

20 thoughts on “A Heart Song

  1. Christina

    It’s good you still found time to walk around the garden. Your Zinnias are putting on a fabulous show this year. I’ve been busy with other things too but blogging shouldn’t become a chore or work, it should be fun.

  2. Chloris

    I have got a bit behind with blogging this summer too. Summer living is so delightful that what with family, friends, garden and outings, time slips through your fingers. Still it’s nice to keep up with blogging friends too. I love your red Lycoris and oh, what a stunning butterfly.

  3. tonytomeo

    Doesn’t lycoris do that? I mean, doesn’t is sort of sneak up on you, when you have forgotten about it, and are not expecting it to bloom? The naked ladies are blooming now, and even though I know they are there, they are always a surprise, after all the foliage dies back.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Jason, the red color is nice. Mine have become slightly pinkish after the first year, but the ones I’m most familiar with are always bright red.

  4. Brian Skeys

    Spider Lilies are new to me, are they actually a lily? It is difficult to keep up with Blog reading during the summer months, I am slowly working through my email list, progress is slow with more coming in all the time!

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Spider lilies are old-fashioned pass-alongs (rather hard to find I think and fairly expensive to buy). Wikipedia says “Lycoris, a genus of 13–20 species of flowering plants in the family Amaryllidaceae, formerly often treated in the family Liliaceae.” We seem to all try to keep up as best we can with our fellow gardeners; I value the friendships formed through these blogs.


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