my garden in month of May.
May is first month of summer in Pakistan. temperature starts to rise suddenly in this month.this year first two week were moderate temperature wise due to western disturbance which gave a few rain spells in whole country. temperature remained round 35 degree Celsius at day time and round 22 to 25 at night time.now in last decade suddenly temperature stared to rise and it is predicted around 40 degree Celsius to 43 in coming days.it is very hard time for both plants and gardener.due to high temperature and dry air plants evaporate very fast and if neglected die at once.so i think it is hardest month of the year for plants and much care is necessary to save the plants.i have kept most fragile plants under the shade of trees.although weather is very hot but few plants are still blooming and making the gardener happy.among these are daylilies canna crossandra and hibiscus.passiflora vines are also ready to bloom.
few spring flowers are still struggling with hot weather and are near to die like petunia,geraniums and phlox.
these are still blooming but in bad shape and withered flowers.after previous rains few rain lilies and habranthus also bloomed.
foot ball lily (Scadoxus multiflorus) is ready to blooms .few bulbs are sending flower stalks.it is very beautiful bulbous plant when in bloom.it is also known as powder puff or globe lily.
i am not growing annual flowers this year due to hot season and shortage of water…summer annuals are not successful in our weather due to harsh weather and monsoon rains..mostly they die due to fungus attack in rainy season.amaryllis bulbs have completed their flower season and now green leaves are emerging rapidly.now is time to fertilize them and water regularly.here is last amaryllis bloom of this season…amaryllis blossom peacock…first and last bloom is always admired.
crinum pawelli album is also blooming in this hot month of may.it is very pretty white crinum and one of the criinum variety which bloom earlier in start of summer.it is sweetly fragrant.
another rare bulbous prennial plant which blooms in heat of may is Platycodon grandiflorus.it is very speacial plant because when it blooms its bud swells like a baloon therefore it is called baloon flower.
i am very surprised with the multi flora chrysanthemum variety which is blooming now a days as chrysanthemum is fall blooming plants and regular chrysanthemums bloom in November and December but this new multi flora variety blooms two times in a year with millions flowers..i am in love with this variety and trying to collect more colors in this variety.another beautiful plant which is blooming now is perennial aster.
this year season remained best for amaryllis seed germination..i got a lot of seeds via successful pollination.and seed germination result bis also very good almost 80 5 seeds germinated..few rare crosses like papilio x exotic star,papilio x Lima,exotic star x Santiago and reverse etc.it was a successful season for me in amaryllis hybridization.i sowed seed in plastic pots,cemented blocks or even in house hold utensils…
few perennial plants which bloom profusely in heat of may are Crossandra nilotica,Crossandra yellow,ixora fragrans,calliandra etc
when we talk about vines which blooms in summer season then i will admire passifloras. passionflowers are heat loving plant which start blooming in may and continue till fall.i have three well grown varieties of passionflowers namely passiflora inspiration,passiflora scarlet flame and passiflora lady margaret.
Among foliage plants i am experimenting with coleus and polka dot plants and till now results are very promising.
it was a short synopsis of few plants which are blooming now in month of May…i will share more photos at the end of month.please visit my Facebook page for more photos and plant information.