I am always a bit sad when iris season passes. They’re some of my favorite flowers, and as they decline I think, “What is it that I look forward to next?” I become so obsessed with the iris that I simply forget.
Fortunately, all the rain this year combined with relatively mild temperatures has given plenty to remind me:
After three or four years of doing diddly squat, it appears my Phlomis russeliana is about to bloom.
Every day, it has grown taller and taller.
I understand from friends that grow this plant that it will take its time settling into place, but once it does, it tends to bloom faithfully. Like many fuzzy-leaved plants, it requires little water but a lot of sun. The foliage rosette is evergreen for me in US Zone 7.