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Deep and Mysterious ‘Purple Flora’ Gladiolus

When it comes to garden planning, it's not uncommon to find myself with an entire backyard filled with pastel colored blooms. In an effort to change that this year, I ordered quite a few varieties of darker flowers. Among these was the 'Purple Flora' gladiolus! Having only purchased a small 10 count package of corms,…

In Bloom: ‘Guinea’ Gladiolus – A Lovely Blend of Salmon and Purple

Whenever I'm planning the cut flower garden, I'm always on the hunt for bargain bulbs. However, every once and awhile I'll allow myself to buy a variety that I really want. 'Guinea' gladiolus bulbs were a little more expensive than what I'd normally buy, but I was very eager to see the beautiful blend of…

In Bloom: ‘Natan’ Gladiolus

After last season's terrible failure growing gladiolus, I'll admit that I was a little hesitant to try again. Still, I grabbed some bulbs and planted as soon as the soil was warm enough. For weeks, I waited without growth. Just as I had started to lose hope, the plants finally started to poke up from…

In a Vase: ‘Doublini Blue’ Lisianthus and ‘Doppio Allegretta Mix’ Petunias

After picking so many gorgeous shades of blue lisianthus flowers in the last post, I couldn't resist trying to craft a flower arrangement with them. Admittedly, the cut flower garden is not going so well this season - it's been rough. While I didn't have any filler or foliage type plants available for use in…

‘Doublini Blue’ Lisianthus Vs. ‘Echo Lavender’ Lisianthus

Though this is not the first time that I grew lisianthus, it is the first season that I've grown several different varieties. Completely new to me this year are some of the more unique "blue" colors of lisianthus. I was so excited to see them finally start to bloom! The 'Doublini' series consists of lisianthus…

In Bloom: ‘Josephine’ Oriental Lily

If you've been following along on the blog for any length of time, you already know that I'm obsessed with pink flowers. There's something about very pale pink flowers that seem to fit in almost any occasion. For this reason, it should be no surprise that the 'Josephine' oriental lilies in the garden have already…

In Bloom: ‘Gaucho’ Oriental Lily

'Gaucho' lily is a beautiful variety of oriental trumpet lily with an absolutely insane fragrance. I planted five of these small bulbs in the spring and they're just now starting to open. After doing this whole "blog thing" for several years, I completely realize that these photos aren't the best - but I wanted to…

The Arrival of More Oriental Lilies – Mystery Lilies in the Garden

By focusing on a lot of different summer flowering bulbs this year, I was eager to see what the different varieties of lilies that I selected would look like. As it would turn out, unfortunately, many of them were mislabeled. In this post, I'll focus on some of the varieties that remain a mystery here…

‘Super Greens Salmon’ Ranunculus: Another Delightful Garden Surprise!

As I finally start to finish up the individual posts which discuss all the different types of ranunculus that were grown in the garden this year, I can't ignore these beautiful flowers from the 'Super Greens' series. 'Super Greens Salmon' ranunculus were definitely what I would consider a "fun" investment. Simply, meaning that I wasn't…

In Bloom: Beautiful ‘Zelmira’ Lilies

We've had so much rain lately that I've really had trouble getting into the garden to take photos. However, when the 'Zelmira' lilies started to open, I knew that I couldn't wait! The 'Zelmira' lily is an orienpet hybrid type of lily - meaning that it is a cross between an oriental and trumpet lily.…