The area next to my backyard fountain is filled with plants flowering in shades of blue, purple, white and yellow. I planted packages of blue Freesias. That's not what I got.
|The "blue" Freesias I scattered around my dwarf Jacaranda began blooming this week|
|With one exception, it appears all are a dark pink. The exception is orange, an unusual color in Freesias.|
|This lovely blue bloom isn't really a double flowered variety but the blooms are large and the color is right|
|And there are a few white blooms but, once again, the majority appear to be pink|
I usually pick Freesia bulbs out of open bins, where there's always the possibility that someone drops a bulb or two back into the wrong bin. This year, I bought all of them in sealed packages of 20-25 bulbs. Instead of helping ensure my color choices, it seems to have had the opposite effect.
On the other hand, I bought 3 packages of mixed Sparaxis bulbs, 120 bulbs in total. Generally, I prefer to put together my own color mixes but I've never found Sparaxis sold locally in anything other than a bagged mix of white, pink, orange and red flowers and, on this occasion, that's exactly what I wanted. However, thus far, every single one has bloomed in shades of orange.
|The flower on the left is blooming on the front slope amid succulents, while those on the right border a bed in the back garden|
So it looks as though I'll be moving some bulbs around at the end of their bloom periods. I'll probably move the dark pink-flowered Freesias to the back border, which already has a lot of light pink bloomers planted in prior years.
|All the light pink Freesia, including those planted this year as well as those planted in prior years, are mottled with white this year for some reason|
|An effect of the weather? A virus?|
Maybe I'll drop the stray orange Freesia in with the gold-flowered batch next to the patio.
|Of course, if I moved the orange-flowered variety here, it'll clash badly with those lavender blooms|
While my "blue" Freesias haven't met my expectation this year, the blue bloomers planted in prior years have delivered.
|The Dutch Iris next to the fountain started blooming this week|
|and the Scilla peruviana still look great|
The first batch of the new Narcissus I planted in October are also meeting expectations.
And the lovely Ferraria crispa continues to produce new blooms each day to replace those that bloomed the prior day.
|The blooms may be small and last just one day but they keep on coming|
The Alliums have produced only foliage so far but the first of the Ranunculus, planted in shades of pink, white and purple, are just beginning to open.
|Um, does that look purple to you?|
Oh well. Gardening presents an endless stream of surprises. I hope your weekend brings some good ones.
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