Even though the drought tolerant African Iris Dietes iridioides (sometimes called Fortnight lily or Morea iris) adjusts to dry weather, it really loves to show off after a good soaking.
I know I've sung the praises of these evergreen perennials in other posts. So please bear with me. But just as the sun was dispelling the darkness this morning I looked out my kitchen window. Like brilliant white stars in the barely lit morning, so many African Irises were looking back at me with oh so much fervor that I just had to get out and snap their loveliness once again.
The way they bloom over and over again all spring and summer just never ceases to amaze and thrill me. And just how does the grouping in one bed know that the groupings in the other beds are ready to bloom? This is a wonderment--- how they have some kind of built-in, silent signal to each other to perform simultaneously.
I won't go into all the positive attributes of African Iris --but if you're interested you can click here for a previous post that espoused all of their wonderful traits.
Since I did take more photos I thought I'd display the close ups and also give you views of how they fit in the plantings where they become the focal point at each flush of blossoms.
These "clumps" are just beyond the screened lanai and just to the right of the pathway leading from the brick patio out to the back garden. I was happy to dig out a few from this planting a few weeks ago to pass-along to my mom. She said hers have already bloomed too. African Iris are very easy transplants that adjust well with hardly an indication they've been divided and moved.
Oh, I could go on and on about how Florida friendly they are. Some people have asked about trimming them. I don't trim mine. I guess if they were burned in the freeze I would have but if not, I don't see any reason to do this... they just live on in all of their greenery probably getting to maximum height of about 3-4 feet.
There is one more "clump" of blooms in the very back of the raised brick wall planting that I didn't photograph (just forgot since I don't see it unless I walk around there). I do have a few in containers too that also bloomed... not as glorious a sight as the concentrated areas for certain.
We didn't get a gusher of rain last night but it was the first drop in over two weeks so we are grateful.
Another "first" for Hoe & Shovel... (in case you missed it ...yesterday was my first tomato harvest)
While I was out clicking away this morning I happened to notice the very first Zinnia is unfurling. I was happy to see it is going to be pink! This is the first time ever I've seed sown any flowers. I know, it just doesn't seem possible but it just isn't the practice down here... at least not with anyone I know.
I direct sowed Zinnia seed in three different places on March 13 and they are all full of buds. Grasshoppers and slugs have done a bit of damage but other than that ... I think we are going to have a pretty display within the next week. Since then I have direct sown some more flower seeds of different varieties. April is just too fun with so many plants and flowers having their best times here before it gets too hot. May should prove to bring us even more color when my beloved caladiums make their way out of the ground into their fullness.