Tuesday, April 27, 2010

show offs


Byzantine gladiolus

These weren't in their full glory on garden bloggers' bloom day (April 15), but I couldn't resist showing them now. Most of my front yard garden flowers are native or adapted and drought tolerant. As much as I appreciate them, not many are very showy, so I really look forward to the week or two my heirloom Byzantine gladiolus blooms. They came with the house, so someone planted these bulbs more than 20 years ago.



My only rose is this sun-loving miniature "Red Cascade" I've had for seven years. I really like this shade of red--not too pink and not too orange--plus it's super tough and dainty at the same time.


miniature "Red Cascade" rose

8 comments:

TexasDeb said...

Technically I think it isn't showing off when you modestly share - only when you brag. I have a couple of smallish Byz glads that I hope multiply into a riot of color in 16 or so more years like yours have. Onward!

Iris said...

Deb--Why thank you. Will try to consider myself somewhat modest then!

Lancashire rose said...

Those glads are absolutely gorgeous. I'm so glad you showed them to us. Why not show 'em off. Aren't we all doing that just by having a blog.

Kathleen Scott said...

It's not bragging if it's true...what a wonderful inheritance in those gladiolus!

Iris said...

Lancashire rose and Kathleen Scott--Thanks! I am grateful to whomever planted those bulbs ages ago.

LindaCTG said...

Lovely! Byzantine is one of my treasures. And that Red cascade is glorious. Pretty soon on CTG we show it growing on a green roof, so it is definitely a tough one. Good choice!

Iris said...

LindaCTG--Can't wait to see the CTG segment w/red cascade on a green roof! How cool. I should have waited until today to post its pic--now completely covered in blooms--but I was a little excited /impatient. And the glads are practically done now.

Meredith said...

Gorgeous! I can see why you look forward to them so. And I'm feeling the inkling of a "okay, I need to plant a rose." Because everyone has such pretty ones! That deep red on yours -- wow!