I’m experimenting with various plants in my back yard to see what I like and what grows here. One plant is a dianthus called “Duchess of Westminster”. I have only grown annual dianthus plants before. This is a perennial, honest-to-goodness carnation. I got it from my favorite mail-order plant place, Logee’s. They describe it as being a good bloomer, and having a strong fragrance. Nice!
I received it in the spring of last year. I planted it in a pot and gave it a nice, sunny location. It grew a little bit, but didn’t flower. Dang.
But the other day I went out and saw this:
Yay! Blooms! I can’t wait for them to open so I can smell them. Mmm…
My neighbors have a plant in front of their house that looks kind of like a banana tree, but it has flowers on it that look like bird-of-paradise.
They’re giant flowers!
Things are starting to sprout and grow here. I think spring is starting. Even my untended, overgrown flowerbed has things blooming in it. Calla lilies! They’re beautiful, but they reproduce like crazy. It makes them seem like weeds to me.