Friday, March 19, 2010

I'm surprised at...

......the interest in these strange flowering bulbs, here is a picture of one that has just begun to poke through the soil.
And one that is beginning to show its colour. It appears that the millipedes have been nibbling, darned pests, nothing, it seems will get rid of them.
Here is one in bloom , on a stem about 6 inches long. As the flower fades the leaves will slowly emerge looking like two long Ox tongues, hence the common name Ox tongue lilly. Botanical name Haemanthus Coccineus. (thanks Cathy) They like to be in a crowded situation in the garden where they seem to thrive. Mine have yet to reach the crowded stage as I have given so many of them away over the years and this is all I have left. Any one wishing to have some of these, look out at country weekend markets, this is where I got mine. They are hard to find in a garden nursery.
The sun rise this morning....looking east from our house toward the Mad Gnomes place (see the solar panels on their roof) If you click on this picture to enlarge, it looks much better.

Red sky in the morning....Shepherds warning. It does indeed look like we will get a little of that wet stuff that falls from the sky today. Fingers crossed !!!
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Aimee said...

What an odd yet beautiful flower! Thanks for the pictures.

Cathy said...

Hello Olive
My lily died off quite quickly - did yours hold up?
Thanks for the comment - not sure if I'll be able to post every day but we'll see

Olive said...

Yes Cathy, I'm afraid they dont last very long, mine are just starting to get their leaves. Yesterday we went to Meadows Easter Market and I noticed a row of these lillies growing along the front fence-line at one of the houses we passed, just like a very short picket fence. LOL