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Alstroemeria Princess Paola — 36 Comments

  1. Animals are such an important part of a garden, I find. What do I care that we never get a single hazelnut, when I have cute red squirrels jumping from tree to tree in the garden? And I’ll gladly sacrifice a perennial or two to the deer.
    I love that little firecrest; he seems so gray and unassuming, but wears his feathered crown boldly.

  2. Perfect to display lilies high and low. Sorry can’t help with the mystery plant.

    In between the lines of your posts is an open love letter to Myra which is lovely to read. I bet she’s really chuffed (though she probably wont tell you that …)

  3. Your garden looks like something a garden show would feature. I don’t think we have Alstroemeria locally. I usually see the Stargazer lilies but I understand that they are of the same family. I like the linear pattern on the petals of your woodland perennial.

  4. Goodness, Alistair, what treasures! First, the asltromeria is stunning…. and has always been one of our favorites (although we seldom grow it). Our wedding flowers were white and pink alstromeria, white and pink roses, and blue delphinium.

    The firecrest is amazing. The colors are so vibrant! What fun it must have been to watch him.

    As for your mystery flower, it might help if you were to post more images, including the leaves and plant. I have to be honest, they sure do look just like cranesbill (wild geranium) to me. In fact, they are identical to the blue cranesbill that blooms all summer in our garden.

    • Very much so Donna, the survival of them here is very much down to the fact that our Winters are not so harsh as yours, but you may be very surprised as to how cool it can be in Summer.

  5. Beautiful Alstromeria! I always thought a multi-colored plant like that would not be easy to fit into a border, but I see from the pictures that the colors blend well from a distance. Your garden is amazing – it should be in a magazine! Your photography is outstanding, colorful and crisp.

  6. I had alstroemerias in my garden – but I think the drought did them in. 🙁 I’m hoping they might come back. Yours are gorgeous, and I love the way you plant things in your garden. So lush and lovely, yet still a sense of order reigns. I love the garden shot in the squirrel picture. He is a lucky squirrel indeed!

    • Hello Carolyn, I was hoping that you would check my post this week as I was counting on you to sort me out with this one. Everything about the flower makes you think it must be a geranium yet the leaf is telling me no.

  7. OK, I’m back. Get ready for the red face–it’s Geranium nodosum, a very rare and unusual hardy geranium that grows in full shade. I have it in a rather obscure part of my garden so couldn’t bring the name immediately to mind. Comes back to form a healthy clump reliably every year.

    • Carolyn, blushing Ali is lighting up the room. Thank you very much for the information, Cathy and Steve seemed convinced that it was a Geranium. How are you with Astrantias with very unusual blue stamens and tips to the petals.

  8. the Geranium Nodosum is quite beautiful, I like the Alstromeria too, I think I might try it in my garden, I’ve been eyeing them at the nurseries for a while. seeing how lovely they are in your garden has me convinced 🙂
    Lovelyvphotos as always Alistair and your garden visitors are charming.

  9. Hey Alistair,
    I’m sorry I’m so memorized by your garden even when your focus is a squirrel I’m looking at the plants in the fore and backgrounds. Are the columnar plants upright yews or boxwoods?

  10. Alistair, Am a real fan of alstroemerias and while trying to identify a Princess Lily given to me which I thought was Paola, I came across your website. Certainly wish I had a Viv Marsh here in Queensland. I find that our summers are just so hot and so for best results I position the plants in dappled shade only (full morning sun only at most). I also like growing them in pots so that I can position them to best advantage. Your garden photos were beautiful and if you ever come to Queensland you must visit the Maleny Botancial Gardens. We had a bus trip there yesterday and it is quite amazing. Alstroemerias growing beautifully there too!!

    • Charmaine. Thanks for taking the time to comment on my site. The Alstroemerias were better than ever this year with our unusually pleasant Summer. We are moving to England in four weeks time, probably the most adventurous thing we have ever done, cant see us visiting Queensland but hey who knows.

  11. I love the Alstroemerias. Starting my first perennial garden. I purchased one. But am worried it may not make it in our extremely hot summers in Arkansas. I do water every day. It would be in full sun. What do you think. Your garden it beyond beautiful. I show the images to all my flower enthusiast friends and family.

    • Cathy, Perhaps your Alstroemeria would prefer a position that has sun for a shorter time of the day. Not too sure but its always good to push the barriers.

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