Monday, December 21, 2009

Forgive me....

Under Construction....

Schizostylis coccinea 'Mrs. Hegarty'
Forgive me if I repeat myself...
but so much of gardening is about patience.

It has been years since I planted the pink Kaffir lily in the bed below our back porch,
with nary a sign of life. Although I've regularly monitored the appearance of 
scraggly leaves... emerging, only to die back.
Suddenly, in the past few weeks, as you see:
 blooms! ... when all else in the garden is at rest.

Wishing all a lovely holiday seasonpeace in 2010.

Cheers to my Blotanical buddies from South Africa to Australia, Canada & the U.S.,
to the far corners of Southeast Asia & Yukon...
to all my peeps on twitter
and to each and every visitor to Bay Area Tendrils since the first January post:
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I love this beauty. It does tend to pop out when late summer rolls around, and stays blooming until the hard frosts here. We used to have a lovely border with two tones of pink, and coral, at the garden centre where I worked.

    Customers would park their cars in front of them and stare for ages.

    Merry Christmas to you, have a wonderful time.


  2. What a wonderful reminder that surprises constantly lurk in the garden! Sincere wishes of happiness for whatever Winter holidays you celebrate, Alice and may your New Year be bloomerific!

  3. Hi Jen,
    Obviously not as fussy a bloom for some, as 'Mrs. Hegarty' has proven to be in my garden;\
    How I would have loved to see the border you mention: Sounds divine! Thanks so much for the comment, and Merry..Merry Christmas to you

    Ah Christine,
    I gratefully accept your holiday good wishes.
    Especially for a "bloomerific" 2010... Backatcha! xo Alice

  4. Alice, I love the color of pink of your 'Mrs. Hegarty.' It looks to be the same bright tone of the 'Naked Ladies' the neighbor gave me. I am so anxious to see them bloom next season.
    Have a wonderful holiday season.

  5. Lovely colors in your photos Alice! Always wonderful to have sudden sucess in the garden ... plants have such a will to live. A nice Winter Solstice gift for you! Happy Holidays! Warm Regards, Carol

  6. Hi Alice~~ Cliche but true: good things come to those who wait, especially in gardening. Congrats on your Kaffir lily. What a lovely shade of PINK. :) Happy Christmas to you as well.

  7. You made that dazzling beauty even more beautiful with that background!

    Happy Holidays and a wonderful botanical 2010!

  8. What beautiful blooms. I just love your blue wall. It really makes the blooms 'pop'. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  9. Pretty bloom! What a pleasant surprise to find blooms despite a history like that:-)

    Wishing you A MERRY CHRISTMAS!! And a great year ahead!

  10. Happy solstice! May the New Year be filled with flowers...

  11. And a great holiday season and 2010 to you, too, Alice--May the new year be filled with gorgeous surprises like this!

  12. Ah ha! So it's a Kaffir lily I have been admiring down on the plots. Thanks for the ID. Very pretty indeed. A merry christmas to you and yours and a happy healthy 2010 (with plenty more blogging involved!) xx

  13. It's lovely, Alice, way to be patient! I thought that genus was in the vanda orchid family, or it might be a similar word. We have so enjoyed getting to know you and look forward to many more wonderful posts from your travels and gardening! The best of holidays to you and yours!

  14. What a beauty. Love Kaffir Lilies. Merry Christmas to you and Happy New Year.

  15. 'Mrs. Hegarty' is worth waiting for! Greetings of the season to you, Alice!

  16. So exciting and such lovely flowers I have lost all mine and keep meaning to buy some more as I miss them so.

  17. Hi Alice,

    Thank you for the warm Christmas wishes on my blog, I hope you also have a wonderful Christmas and New Year :)

    I love your Coccinea, such a beautiful flower and no doubt a very welcome addition to any garden!

  18. What beautiful flowers! I love lilies of so many different types. And pink, yummy. Have a great holiday.

  19. I have one that is more a reddish colour rather than pink - and a good asset in an early winter garden.

  20. Hi Alice, thanks for the Christmas wishes on my blog. Enjoy this joyous season with those you love. Best wishes for a thriving new year!

  21. Mrs. Hegarty is indeed gorgeous. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  22. Love the pink Kaffir Lily. Have only ever seen them in red.

    Hope you have a wonderful and restful festive season, Alice!

  23. We ALL love you, Alice, Dear Tendril!
    Thanks for making this year a little bloomy-er for me!

  24. Basking in the warmth of all your good wishes!

    I'll raise a glass of bubbly in honor of the blogosphere...