I like surprises – something new, something different, something that catches your imagination.
In early May as I was getting ready to plant my elephant ear bulbs, I found amaryllis bulbs that I had intended to plant this winter. I wasn’t sure if the bulbs would’ve been too dried out or not, but I thought – what the heck! And I planted the bulbs.
One bulb just shot up leaves – no flowers this time around. But lo and behold – look at this eye catching surprise in my garden! Red Lion Amaryllis in mid-June outdoors rather than mid-winter indoors.
I like surprises in the garden – that is if they are pleasing. Guests are somewhat taken aback when their eyes find my “truffle” pig nibbling at my carpet rose and lavender.
I also find my Nikko Blue Hydrangea to be an eye-opening wonder – pink, blue, white – all on one bush. Isn’t the Lady’s Mantle a pleasing edger? Water catches on the leaves creating rain drop “pearls”. If you click on the photos below, you will be able to see the Red Lion next to the gate in the distance. That red sure makes a statement!