Orlaya grandiflora – White Lace Flower

Blue and White and Lace ThumbnailOrlaya grandiflora, aka White Lace Flower, added such grace and charm to our little cutting garden last summer. If you’re looking for an alternative to the ubiquitous Ammi majus, this is it!

orlaya 10-15-1-1The spikey seeds take a bit of encouragement to grow (such as a couple of weeks in the fridge to stratify) and they were slow to get going from seedling stage.

orlaya 10-15But once they hit their stride, they bloomed all the way into autumn….

orlaya 10-15-4…brightening up even the humblest bouquet or looking quite ravishing on their own…

Oraya - 1…especially when viewed up close to observe the tiny, lace-like patterns. Sadly, I didn’t get very many photos of our patch of Orlaya, but they were remarked upon and enjoyed every day. They are certainly an annual that I will continue growing and I’m glad I collected seeds for next spring.

autumn flowers 1Hope you all had a peaceful holiday and I’ll see you again in January for a month-long celebration of roses!

Orlaya grandiflora White Finch via Hedgerow Rose

8 thoughts on “Orlaya grandiflora – White Lace Flower

  1. Ooooh do I like the sound of that. Month long celebration of roses… music to my ears! Haha. I’ve been a bit obsessed lately thinking about and reading about and painting (and crocheting!) roses and trying to justify buying just one or two more (even though I claimed NO MORE). I’m sure you can’t relate to that at all. 😉

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful world and outlook on life and for all of the advice and encouragement. I really appreciate your friendship and look forward to seeing what 2015 holds for us both. Happy New Year!

    Oh, and those Orlaya are so pretty!

    1. Yes I can relate to that ALL TOO WELL! 😉

      It’s been so lovely having you here, Anne, and sharing with you, too. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  2. I’ve never heard of these, before– how pretty! They look like little crocheted doilies.

    I have to ask about those burgundy-black scabiosa in the collage picture. Are they annuals or perennials? Did you grow them from seed? I’ve admired that color for a while but hesitated to try them since I’ve never had luck with pincushion plants before (they get all stringy and wasted-looking, and the next year they’re a rosette of leaves maybe two inches across and then they DIE). Just wondering how yours do. 😀

    Thank you so much for sharing such uplifting and inspiring pictures! Hope the coming year is lovely for you.

    1. Happy New Year Lady W!

      Yes, those Scabiosa were grown from seed and they are a new favorite. I’ll be posting about them in the coming weeks to share my experiences along with a few photos. Thanks for asking! 🙂

    1. Yes, definitely a good choice for a cutting garden, glad you like it. 🙂 Hope you are having a great week, Nancy!

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