Sentor Senex asked in the comments from yesterday's blog, if I could post a close up of the FORTNIGHT LILY. Having finally (after at least 6 months of trying other programs) found a simple way to download photos from my camera to my laptop, I am happy to oblige, if only to test my new method!
Here they are just growing randomly as they are throughout all the bare spots in our back yard. For many patches, I just gathered the ripe seed pods and threw the seeds into the area, not knowing if they would take or not. Well they did and we have some bright patches of 'white butterflies' all around the yard.
Basically white, with a center of three smaller petals (sepals? I don't think so) of a very delicate purple, with a splash of yellow underneath. These flowers are so easy to grow but I love their delicate color and the overall abandonness (blogger says that is not a word, but you know what I mean) with which they sprinkle our yard. Our back yard is in the shape of a 'C' -- narrow and semi-circular. That means we have quite a large area that has to have many shrubs and flowers to cover -- no room for a lawn, so we have a deck instead.
Incidentally, the Fortnight Lily derives its name from the fact that it blooms every fortnight (2 weeks) throughout the long summer. They just have to be watered.
So there's your lesson on Fortnight Lilies for today and just for good measure take a look at our STAR JASMINE which also covers a fair amount of garden.
This too is a white flower which could get lost among the Fortnight Lilies but it makes its presence thoroughly known as soon as you step on to the patio. It has a very strong fragrance and can't be missed. It blooms through May and June, depending on the weather.