These three flowers dominate my thoughts, gardening and photography this week. Weather continues to be close to perfect. Warmer than it has been but clear and breezy.
My favorite Oriental lily, and the only one I grow, is the Stargazer. The three blooms I cut are still in vases on my desk. I can hardly bear to leave the room, the fragrance is so intoxicating. At night I put them in the fridge which really helps them last longer. The blooms that are still outside survived the heat wave and are perfuming the upper front lawn and wafting into the open living room windows. See early post on these luscious and addictive flowers.
My roses are loving the recent heat.
David Austins: ‘Graham Thomas’ shot up a new stem covered with FORTY new buds. Like wise, ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ is covered in multiple blooms, providing plenty for cutting, while leaving the white picket fence nicely covered. I also have ‘A Shropshire Lad’, ‘Gentle Hermione’ and ‘The Shephardess’ but Graham and Emma are the top performers this year. I water daily and fertilize with organic fertilizer every two months.
I have Knock Out and Rainbow Knock Out. Going strong, more blooms from the Rainbow but better fragrance from the original Knock Out.
As well, my Rosa Rugosa ‘Hansa’, which was the first rose to bloom this season, is having a second flowering, nice new buds and blooms. Heavenly fragrance.
We’re having a heat wave!
What else to say? We’ve spent the day watering EVERYTHING in between getting some work done. That might seem extravagant but our property is our outdoor studio and we can’t let everything die/wilt. We pretty much have three hoses going all day and our conversations are along the lines of “Are you done with the sprinkler on upper lawn because I have to do the hydrangeas” or “Can we turn the hoses off for a few minutes so I can have a shower?”
Nearly all the Stargazers are open now. I cut three today and have them in the fridge so I can enjoy them tomorrow. The ones in the garden I will leave and enjoy from the living room window, but I don’t think they’ll last through tomorrow in this heat.
Still, no complaints from us. We love the sun and the wonderful summer we’re having. The office is sweltering with all the heat our equipment pumps out so tomorrow I’ll probably relocate to the entry or living room. It’s too hot outside for the laptops.
Oh, and I finished setting up our blog for Garden Photo World.
If you have smelled this flower, you know what I mean. If you have not, go right now to the florist and demand to! (But don’t get the yellow powder from the stamens on you or your clothes. It stains like crazy.)
I was once in a very upscale wedding where the bouquets, table umbrellas, flower arrangements were overflowing with Stargazer Lilies. This was just a few years after Stargazers were introduced to the public and they were EXPENSIVE. There must have been thousands of them at this wedding. The fragrance was intoxicating. I’ve never forgotten it.