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The 30 Day Challenge – Day 20

Today I am grateful for all the colour in my garden. Not just the pretty pinks, reds, blues and violets of the flowers but also the varying shades of green, blue and silver I find in the foliage of plants. I love all the hues, tints and shades produced at different times of day and the way certain flowers and plants change colour at different stages of growth. And talking of colour, the colour provided by butterflies and birds … for these too I am grateful!


Photo: Ornithogalum – I grew these delightful flowers from bulbs this year. Planted in April a sunny spot in the Rose bed, they came up strong and provided a fabulous display of full open blooms for four weeks. As I was cleaning up the bed I then cut them and brought them indoors where they have continued to bloom for another two weeks. Easy, pest free, a delight to grow.

Ornithogalum: Ornithogalum is a genus of perennial plants mostly native to southern Europe and southern Africa belonging to the family Hyacinthaceae. Growing from a bulb, it has grass-like basal leaves and a slender stalk, up to 30 cm tall, bearing clusters of star-shaped white flowers striped with green.

About the 30 Day Challenge

Cat of The Whimsical Gardener, has invited Garden Bloggers the world over to join her in the 30 day challenge of posting a photograph and sentiment that you are thankful for – every day for 30 days. Find something you are thankful for every day, for 30 days, can’t be too difficult, can it? See all Barbie’s and my posts filed under “30 Day Challenge“.

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

4 replies on “The 30 Day Challenge – Day 20”

It’s a great idea of Cat’s but it feels like it would be too hard for me right now, so I’ll just enjoy other people’s thankful sentiments. Amen to colour. I’ve never grown ornithogalum but love them. I’m trying to remember their common name – something like peasant’s eye??

Chincherinchee is the most common name of them, I think.
Mine are Ornithogalum thyrsoides – also known as wonder-flower, star-of-Bethlehem, chincherinchee; tjienk, tjienkerientjee.

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