Today I'm taking a look at what's blooming in my outdoor flower garden bed. Some may remember a previous post about this wayward child of mine - My Wilful Younger Child - well, it's looking a whole lot better these days.
My Sprekelia formosissima has risen out of the ground and the first flower has appeared for this year. Commonly known as Jacobean Lily or Aztec Lily, these flamboyant red flowers look fantastic tucked in behind the Russelia. I wish I had planted a whole more of these lilies ... they would terrific in a huge clump. I think I'll have to find another spot where I can do that.
Another stunning beauty that's in flower right now is Turnera subulata - the White Alder. I love the bright cheery flowers of this plant. They have a yellow halo around a black centre. Flowers open around sunrise (unless it's a really dreary overcast day!) and close before sunset. It's a lovely sight on those mornings when the sun does make an effort!
Another of my Hemerocallis - Daylilies - started blooming this week. This is Hemerocallis 'Continental Holiday' ... mmm oh how I wish!
The Angelonia serenas are flowering. They will continue throwing out new bloom spikes for a few months now as they seem to thrive during the Summer months.
This is my favourite Salvia ... Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue'. I just adore the beautiful colour of this.
Another Salvia that I do love is this ... Salvia splendens 'Van Houttei'. It has the most gorgeous dark burgundy red colour and while it's certainly taking a while to fill out and flourish, it always has a little flower spike on it somewhere.
This brilliant red Gerbera makes a statement next to the white Angelonia serena.
Another plant that's taken a while to establish in this outdoor garden bed is my Scutellaria suffrutescens - the Pink Texas Skullcap or Cherry Skullcap. Planted last year, it's waited until this Spring to start spreading. I'm looking forward to seeing it really fill out.
I'm joining Mary at Little Red House for her Mosaic Monday meme, so please take a visit to see other wonderful mosaic posts.
I'm also joining Tootsie for her Flower Flaunt/Fertiliser Friday meme which is always a great place to see what's flowering in gardens all over this great world of ours.