In honor of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: October, 2018:
Toad lilies have always been the last flowers to bloom in my garden. This autumn''s frequent rain, cool temperatures and gray skies have pushed their bloom time back even later. Look at this gorgeous clump of big fat buds ready to burst open. But this week's overnight lows are liable to end this display before it's had a chance to begin.
Another clump has one lone flower open.
This is a different variety of Trycirtis hirta called 'Miyazaki'. The stems are more arching which makes them perfect for this location. I don't know if it's the variety or the sheltered spot under an evergreen tree that makes this clump always bloom before the others.
Whatever the reason, this clump is always beautiful and is the one I can count on to flower before frost cuts it down.
T. 'Lightening Strike' and T. 'Lemon Twist' are shorter varieties that also bloom early enough that frost is not an issue.