|I have enjoyed Crown Imperials for years.|
The bulbs have a distinctive odor.
The yellow or orange flowers hang from an impressive stalk.
One reader wrote, "Do you still have a lake in your backyard?" We had one low spot in the backyard, one that seldom fills will rain. But we had another long, slow rain yesterday, the second day of fog and misting. The entire backyard is a puddle now, but the sun will come out again for a few days, God willing.
I love rainy days, because so much is accomplished while I watch from inside. The birds come to the feeders and splash in the baths. The bulbs wake up to spring. Garlic, daffodils, and crown imperials are showing up already.
Fall bulbs are rewarding in spring, because they start growing out of the soil as soon as the temperatures allow. Garlic stalks are lined up where we planted them. Daffodils are mostly out of the ground. Crown Imperials are only showing their tops.
The grass is green and ground cover weeds (wildflowers to me) are blooming in the lawn.
Every gardener worth his wheel-barrel is itching to get into the yard and do some work, but I am letting God's creatures do it for me.
- The birds are establishing their habitats, getting used to their watering places, their favorite foods, and building their nests for bug-hungry babies.
- The compost is damp and rotting from the rain, invaded from below by soil creatures far more active in the warmer weather.
- The straw bales, normally conditioned by hose water, are being watered by rain, which also drops down nitrogen compounds. The soil creatures, interested only in damp food, will come up from below feed on them and form the food web that nurtures plant roots.
- The mulch is keeping rain from washing away soil while creating a moist blanket of shredded wood to feed earthworms, fungi, protozoa, bacteria, and other creatures.
|The details of the Maypop or Passion Flower|
make us think about Who decided to make it so fancy.