Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!

Rain lilies, magical delights! I had never heard of them before moving to Alabama. Watering won’t do it, but directly after a rain, up come they shoot and last for days.

Another magical delight!

I think this daylily may be ‘Happy Returns’, but I won’t swear to it. No matter my good intentions, I can’t keep track of varieties.

Beloved crinums. They began to bloom in earnest when the rains came.

I have seriously neglected my grandmother’s old roses this year. Yet…

…still the bushes produce blooms that fill the air thick with the sultry old-rose fragrance. I am a girl again back in North Carolina, stepping out on my grandmother’s back porch, where the roses bloomed just the other side of the screen.

The water lilies are hardy, keep on going. This year they are filling the pond.

I finally got purple cone flower. This bee was unmoving, yet twitching. As I don’t spray with anything, perhaps he was just satiated with pollen.

August Beauty gardenia, I think. An unexpected bloom. I plucked it and tucked it behind my ear, wore it all day. Each time I turned my head, I caught the drugging gardenia scent. Thank You, God!

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful for beauty is God’s handwriting – a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Much thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting GBBD. Pop over for links to other gardens all over the world.

16 thoughts on “Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!

  1. The Emerson quote is beautiful! Your blooms all look lovely; it’s a miracle what a little rain will do. If it ever rains here again, maybe we’ll see blooms come alive.
    Seems like I’ve been away forever, glad to be back. Things here are changing, as we prepare to move “out west” of Ft Worth due to hubby’s work location moving in that direction. Can’t wait to dig into a new garden, woo hoo!

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  2. Bees do sleep on blossoms so maybe you woke him up from a nap. Happy Bloom Day. That pic of your sweetie is so sweet I could just eat him up. Hugs to you my dear, dear friend.

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  3. I stumbled onto the following web sites tracking through info on heirloom roses. I have ordered some from Montecello.org and have enjoyed them very much. You’ll see that South Carolina was where one of the first roses in the country was developed.

    http://www.monticello.org/site/blog-and-community/posts/historic-roses-p-allen-smith-and-trip-to-moss-mountain
    http://www.monticello.org/site/house-and-gardens/léonie-bell-rose-garden-tufton-farm
    http://www.monticello.org/site/house-and-gardens/léonie-bell-rose-garden-planting-list
    http://www.monticello.org/site/house-and-gardens/in-bloom

    There are some fragrant beauties available from David Austin, also.

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    • Brenda– I’m familiar with the Monticello site, the home of Thomas Jefferson. I’ve long wanted to visit. I had no idea of the great list of roses they offered online, though. Thanks so much. Have left the links for others.

      CurtissAnn

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  4. Lovely flowers and I can just about smell those luscious scents. In answer to your comment on my agapanthus …it only blooms a few weeks of the year…they don’t repeat here at all.

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  5. Hi, I think you’re awesome and I’m nominating you for the One Lovely blog award! You are deserving and here’s the blog you need to check out, One Lovely blog Award and cave life in the modern age!

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  6. Your lilies are lovely and your grandmother would be so glad to see the blooms still coming on that rose bush….. What a legacy to look out and see those blooms….. Blessings to you this GBBD!

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    • Sue, I was blessed that so much of what is in my yard was already planted here by previous owners. At one point in time, there obviously was someone in this house who knew and loved the old, native garden varieties of the South. Now you have a brand new yard as a canvas, and years from now you will see all that you have planted. Blessings!

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