"Sometimes an unseasonable season - one that is exceedingly wet or dry, a summer of record heat, or a winter milder than usual - brings about the flowering of a plant that has been existing in the garden for quite a while without finding the right conditions for blooming."
And so it is in Miss Lawrence's Garden even today. It has been a little over two and a half years since I started tending this awesome plot, and I am still amazed and delightfully surprised - on a nearly daily basis - by "new" blooming plants. The plants are in no way new to the garden, they just have not found, as Elizabeth says, "the right conditions for blooming". Some of them have been so well hidden, had I not seen them blooming, they may well have gone undetected for another two and a half years!
Some of the loveliest flowers in the garden today are crinums. And Elizabeth Lawrence so loved her crinums. As far as my research shows, all of the crinums in the garden are original to Miss Lawrence planting them during the 35 years she lived and gardened here. Talk about a tried and true plant!
Today's blooming "surprises" include a very delicately scented one I have not yet correctly identified. If anyone has any ideas, let me know, and I will cross-reference them with Miss Lawrence's massive database of hand-written index cards.