These are five new flowers in the sense that some are new varieties and others are just new to the author of the article. The first two are new varieties of tulip and a white osteospermum. The third is shown in the picture above which clearly illustrates the size of its blooms. These five flowers are described in an article by Audrey Stallsmith which I found on Dave’s Garden website.
Some of the more unusual plants that bloomed in my garden this year were just new to me. A few, however, are new to the market too.
For instance, my favorite tulip this spring was a recently introduced double Japanese type called ‘Akebono’. I loved everything about it, including the pale yellow–flushed with rose–color, the thin red edge, even the curly green cowlicks at the base of each flower.
We actually came close to losing the tulips, as an unusually mild winter propelled all our plants into too-early growth. Then, of course, came the forecast for a hard freeze. Although I couldn’t do much about that freeze decimating our tree and shrub blossoms, I resolved to save the tulips, as their blooms will generally get “burned” by such low temperatures too.
That was when I spotted the pile of old tires beside the garage. Although I usually deplore their ugliness, they looked very good to me that day! I piled them in ramparts around the small bed of tulips and threw some burlap over the top. The dark tires absorbed heat from the sun throughout the day and released it at night, so the tulip blooms remained unscathed.
Osteospermum ecklonis 3D Silver DaisyI waited until those frosts were over to plant a new African daisy–white with a crested lavender center–that had stopped me in my tracks at a local greenhouse. Although it did take a brief break in the hottest part of the summer, Osteospermum ecklonis ‘3D Silver Daisy’ has been blooming almost nonstop since I planted it.
I put it in a container, which may have helped, as osteospermums seem to like somewhat dry conditions. Because the centers of the ‘3D Silver Daisy’ are packed so full of petals, half-open flowers did look a bit odd at times, but still exquisite.
Also exquisite, the flower in the thumbnail is Anthropodium milleflorum or “pale vanilla lily,” which I started from seed last year. The posies are actually smaller than they look in my photo, and carried along the length of an arching stem. So small, in fact, that it took me a while to notice that the plant was blooming!
Although the flowers supposedly have a strong vanilla scent, I couldn’t detect it unless I held them very close to my nose. But, due to my chronic allergies, my sense of smell is less than acute. I imagine the scent is probably stronger in hot dry climates such as Australia, where the plant originated.