I’ve decided not to focus on the asters this month but to showcase four plants which have just started to flower and whose flowers I am always thrilled to see. They all need to be sought out in the garden as they can be a little shy.
First up is Grevillea victoriae which has wonderful exotic orange flowers. Similar to Grevillea ‘Canberra Gem’ but flowering later. Last year I thought it hadn’t flowered but discovered all the flowers at the bottom of the shrub. This year the shrub is a year older and has been moved into a sunnier location and the flowers are beginning to appear higher on the shrub so I am hoping that next year it will look amazing.
I have started to extend the bulb season in my garden with the inclusion of Nerines. This is the first to flower and is from a hugh pot full of bulbs that I bought for a couple of pounds last year at the local HPS group. I was really thrilled to see it, and its fellow flowers, as it shows that I have found a good location for it and confirms my plan to plant more Southern Hemisphere bulbs in this particular area.
I am always pleased when the Massonia flowers in the greenhouse. I had a Massonia pustulata but I think I lost that and as its name indicates the leaves were quite blistered looking so its not that variety, maybe I will find the label one day but either way I am pleased it has flowered again.
I have various Colchicums of differing quality and these are always the first to flower and are slowly but surely beginning to spread. They are one of those plants whose flowers appear under the foliage of other plants but as you pass something catches you eye and you find yourself on your hands and knees looking to see what the colour is from.
So those are my 4 secret gems for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – for more GBBD posts visit Carol at May Dream Gardens