A New Bloom

“A New Bloom”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


Things have pretty much settled down into the typical summer routine.  Watering the garden beds if we don’t get rain is pretty much the norm lately.  With a high pressure system over us, we have not been getting our usual summer afternoon showers.  I haven’t been using the soaker hoses that are in the beds under a layer of mulch, but I think by tomorrow I’ll start using them.  I planted some small shrubs this afternoon, and just about six inches down it was bone dry.  The soaker hoses will help with that.


The Peruvian daffodil (Hymenocallis narcissaflora), Ismene, started blooming.  This bulb is hardy here and so can be left in the ground over the winter.  The flowers are borne on two foot stems and has a lovely fragrance.  It has strap – like leaves similar to an amaryllis.  These white flowers are about four inches across.



This spider lily has some offshoot bulbs, so I guess I’ll be dividing it soon.  I can use those offsets to fill in some areas.  I have another clump of these bulbs, but it doesn’t look like it has sent out any bloom stalks.  It may be in too shady a spot.  It it doesn’t bloom this year, I may move it.  One more example of a gardener’s work is never done.


This summer blooming bulb is starting to become one of my favorites.  The fragrance, lovely flower shape, and bloom time makes this a good addition to my garden.



  1. Nancy Bond said,

    June 14, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Looks like an orchid bloom…very beautiful!

  2. Jan said,

    June 15, 2008 at 8:08 am

    Yes, Nancy, this is a lovely flower – so delicate.

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