Savannah Garden Diary

May 16, 2008

May Bloom Day

Filed under: In bloom now — Tags: , , — karen @ 8:29 am

Easter lilies are out. In a surprising twist for 2008, they haven’t yet all fallen over. Do they lack calcium in their diet of something that they are usually so weak-kneed?


This is really just me fiddling around with my new camera. It’s going to take a lot of work. Never can remember the various effects of aperture and exposure.


I’ve seen some criticism of Zephirine Drouhin among the blogs, but I am still enamored of the spectacular color and her classic rose form. I’m not really smitten by most single roses (except Rosa laevigata). And the fragrance is lovely.


I really love this tradescantia with purple flowers and chartreuse leaves. I can’t remember where I found it. And whatever filter I’ve got on this camera really does do a better job on blue/purple shades than the old one.


  1. Hi Karen, your new camera has taken some superb shots. I love the lilies and am anxiously awaiting the blooming of ours. Many, many buds this year after last year’s disastrous frost. Zephirine is a beauty and fragrant too? What’s not to love? I love the blue that the spiderwort offers to the shrub border, expecially under the deciduous azaleas. Thanks for sharing your lovely flowers.

    Comment by — May 16, 2008 @ 4:37 pm

  2. Ha! Spiderwort under the deciduous azaleas. What a lovely thought. You are the most imaginative gardener I know, Frances, and I shall copy your inspiration shamelessly.

    Comment by karen — May 16, 2008 @ 9:13 pm

  3. I planted Zepherine many years ago, mainly because it is more shade tolerant than other climbers. Now that I have gotten all sophisticated and actually have a color theme, Z. does not fit in. I don’t have the heart to pull it out, besides my wife loves the color and the fragrance. So it will stay.

    Comment by — May 17, 2008 @ 2:06 pm

  4. Periodically, I get all sophisticated and devise a color scheme. Then I find myself craving more diversity and sprinkle a packet of assorted zinnia seeds. I think it’s probably hopeless!

    Comment by karen — May 18, 2008 @ 8:54 am

  5. A new camera, how fun. I love those spiderworts (Tradescantia) but they are ending up all over my flower beds, and not by my choice. Do you find them invasive in your garden?

    Comment by — May 18, 2008 @ 8:58 am

  6. Carol, yes Tradescantia is native here, so it pops up in the lawn, shrub borders, etc. But it doesn’t spread very rapidly. I just find individual plants here and there. I decided I’d try and make a virtue of necessity by planting this one, which is such an interesting color. I love Frances’s idea of letting them loose under the deciduous azaleas–a lovely color combination.

    Comment by karen — May 18, 2008 @ 9:30 am

  7. I just got a new camera too. It’s much more fussy, like my old non-digital 35mm and so I find it sort of trying when I want to take a quick snapshot. But I’m sure I’ll adjust to it soon.

    I find it interesting that your spiderwort is still blooming. Mine started dying down almost six weeks ago. I think it’s pretty weedy but as it fills the mini-woods (which doesn’t have anything else much growing in it) with flowers for a month without any help from me, I let it be.

    Comment by — May 18, 2008 @ 10:07 pm

  8. I quite agree about the new camera. I’m having to learn to use a camera all over again and grab the little one when I’m in a hurry.

    Yes, I think that is absolutely the right use for spiderwort–move it all into a “woodland” setting and let it do its thing for a month.

    I have noticed all this year that you seem to be a couple of weeks ahead of us in spring, which I find surprising. I’d have expected the coast to be slightly warmer than you, although admittedly you are farther south. (I think.)

    Comment by karen — May 19, 2008 @ 9:23 am

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