Best Blooms of Spring and Summer 2021

Happy first day of Autumn! I am so excited that Fall/Autumn is here because the weather will be cooler and it is a great time to start planting or moving plants. It is also a time for cleaning up the yard since the whole summer was spent watering plants!!!

I was thinking la few weeks ago that this year has not been a good flowering year for my garden. I felt a lot of things didn’t take off as well as I had hoped. Looking through my collection of pictures this past spring and summer, I was surprised to see that I DID have an incredible garden this year! This post is showing the best of the blooms in spring and summer.

Spring Blooms

Summer Blooms

That’s all of my favorites for spring and summer! I hope it was a fascinating post for you too! I love looking at all these pictures and this would be a great photo album for years to come.

Hibiscuses, Roses, and a Smattering of Things

A few of my favorite hibiscuses and roses are starting to bloom in abundance this week. For this week one of my newer hibiscuses bloomed and some more than the previous year. Hibiscuses are very easy to grow here in California because they like warmer weather. It seems late summer is the best flowering period for my hibiscuses and they will flower all into the fall too.

I have some nice looking roses growing now too. Pretty colors these guys are but they are not scented ones, unfortunately. All of my roses here are first year growers so the flowering is not very impressive but I expect next year they will be more plentiful. I think the root system is not very strong so the heat we’ve been having caused the petals to be a little burned on the edges.

Below are the smattering of flowers and fruit that are appearing in my yard.

Dahlia
Dondo Blue
Chicory flower
Carrot flower – carrot going to seed
Sensitive Plant (Mimosa pudica)

I will leave you with this picture of my one and only papaya tree that has been growing fruit these past few months. I started out with about 13 successful seedlings but I gave some away. I kept about 4 plants but this is the only one that survived these past 3 years. It is now about 9-10 feet tall. The bottom fruit was the first one to turn into a fruit. I hope it doesn’t fall off the tree and getting eaten by my dogs or some other creatures in the yard. This was the first fruit that I have grown from seeds so a lot is riding on this!

Anyway, have a wonderful week ahead!

Hibiscuses and Pink Flowers

Last week I took some time off from posting because it was a holiday.  I definitely felt guilty for taking time off as if it’s a weekend job to post something every week!  Well, I used the time off to clean up the yard a bit since the weather was nice.

There is not a whole lot going on in the yard right now because of the terrible heat but a few flowers managed to bloom.

When I was writing up this blog, I tried to upload my pictures but WordPress said I didn’t have enough storage to upload any photos so I relented and paid them for the lowest plan, the “Personal” plan, but at a discount. I held back on renewing my plan a while back in anticipation of them offering me a coupon like they did last year and just a few days ago, they DID! So, I managed to use the coupon for this plan renewal. It would be better if it was a coupon for the Premium plan but this will work! Aside from gardening, I do know a few things about shopping and waiting around for good deals online!

Enough about WordPress, let’s talk about beautiful flowers! A lot of the following are flowers you’ve seen earlier in the season or a few weeks ago. I think every picture is showing something different in the flowers each time no matter how many times you look at the same plant…the lighting,┬áthe shape, the colors of the flowers, and time of the year changes its beauty daily.

The Cape Primrose below is one I recently bought but a few weeks ago it had only a couple of flowers at a time, this time there are five gorgeous beauties! That’s SOMETHING!

Plum Perfect is this rose below.  I planted it in February this year.  A few months ago it flowered about 3-4 flowers but this time I had triple that. I managed to get some for my desk at work.

PLUM PERFECT AND ICEBERG WHITE ROSES MIXED WITH STATICE

Mantisalca Salmantica is this awesome, fluffy flower in pink and white. It has been blooming from mid spring until now, although less prolific than it is now. They are adorable pompom-looking flowers!

The below flower is a pink rose mallow, a hibiscus variety that goes dormant in the winter and comes up in the spring. I grew this from seed and this year it grew twice taller about 5 feet tall. This pink flower has some nice shades of dark and light pink!

This white Althea Rose of Sharon hibiscus is a new addition to my yard and bloomed for the first time. If you have been reading my blog posts you know I love hibiscus very much. In fact, hibiscus is my favorite plant! I have at least 12 of them and always looking for more.

HIBISCUS that starts out pink and changed to light salmon color by the end of the day.

Now, I will leave you with my cutie Faucaria Tigrina (tiger jaws) succulent. I know it is not exactly pink blooms to fit with the theme of this post but it is an adorable one. I think my plant is a bit sunburned or diseased but it seems to be okay. The flower bloomed for 2-3 days, opened up in the morning and closed at night. So, like this flower I will close this post on a late afternoon on a Friday. Have a great weekend! I hope the weather is good wherever you are!

Roses and a Profusion of Pinks

Yesterday was the official day that my Premium WordPress account expired, which meant I lost some of the fancy features that I don’t think I even used this past year. I looked today and I don’t think I was missing much from my site except possibly storage (later on). I had to reduce most of my image sizes in the last several posts in order to keep storage at a minimum, did anyone notice?

If you’ve read my post from four posts back I mentioned I started posting for one whole year this past August 9th. I mentioned that I will not be paying for Premium WordPress and will wait to see where that will take me. Some of you seasoned bloggers may giggle to yourself and say “Ha! That will get you nowhere without Premium and Business services”, you are probably correct. I know there is definitely that risk but hey, I’m new and I’m still trying to find a balance between time and dedication to this art.

I will continue to write this blog to share my flower pictures and to create a digital portfolio of plants I love with my mere audience of five people. Someday, I hope to share this portfolio with my grandchildren! So without further rambling, here are this week’s favorite blooms:

ROSES

It’s hard to capture the beauty of these mini orange roses in this photo but they are so vibrant in real life against the dark shiny green foliage.

HIBISCUS

HYDRANGEA

PLUMERIA

ASTERS

LILY

SOME PURPLES TOO

Passion Flower
Four O’clocks
Morning Glory

Angel’s Trumpet and Other Delights

Angel’s Trumpet, also known as brugmansia, are blooming abundantly in my garden this week. Two varieties I am particularly excited about finally bloomed. The Pink Velvet was recently potted up after it was living unhappily in the ground for over two years! It flowered a little bit before but the colors were not the true pink color that it was supposed to be. In this pot now, it bloomed more flowers and the colors are delightfully pink and true to its kind. It starts out white and the next day it changed to pink!

Angel’s Trumpet Pink Velvet

The double pink trumpet below is truly adorable with its double ruffles like two flowers stacked in one. It opens into a light yellow first before turning pink like the picture below. What a wonderful work of God!

Audrey Lea Angel’s Trumpet (double pink)

This Charles Grimaldi has been in the ground for 3 and a half years and it is about 9 feet tall. I grew them by my trash bins area to combat the smell when I take the trash out! It is strongly fragranted in the evenings.

Hibiscus

I’m not sure which kind of hibiscus this is because I planted this long before I thought about being a gardener. I bought it because I LOVE the colors of this hibiscus. Amazing colors! This one is also in horrid clay soil for years but periodically fertilizing seems to help it flower from August until November, sometimes in hot December, too!

Cape primrose “Wow

This little beauty below is spectacularly beautiful with its half ivory and magenta petals. It really does make you want to say “wow” when it flowers. This is a new plant for me and I meant to keep them indoors but for now it’s in mostly bright shade. I don’t water it too much either, only every 3 days.

Four O’clock

I love these Four O’clock flowers. To some people they may seem invasive as they keep appearing everywhere in the yard but it has really beautiful colors like this yellow below. I have dark pink, light pink, orange, and this yellow all over in my backyard. I posted about them in many of my posts before.

Maximillian Sunflowers

Funny story about this sunflower plant is that last year I planted this when I was in a hurry so I did not make a note of where it is to water it. I forgot all about it after I planted. So naturally it died from lack of water ,I guess, but this year it appeared. I had a “that’s where it went” (face palm moment) when I saw it bloomed. By the way, isn’t that a beautiful cranberry hibiscus bush in the background?

Buddha’s Hand

Isn’t this Buddha’s Hand the weirdest fruit ever? It really is creepy and cute at the same time! It’s green now but will turn yellow in a few more weeks and should be good for eating. I never eat these but have used for decorations. They smell really nice and citrus-like. Ignore the long grass weeds in the background. They are so out of control, I have no time for it!

Dragon Fruit

I never thought I would like this plant but it is growing on me. It’s ugly and cactus-like at first but now that is has grown in this pot for more than 2 years, it is starting to sprout a fruit as you can see below. I never liked store bought dragon fruit but maybe this baby will convince me it’s a plant worth keeping.

Well, I will end this post for now. Getting ready for a fun-filled gardening weekend where I pull weeds, clean up the yard, and possibly plant some hibiscus.

Summer Blooms

Rosella’s Dream Lily

Rosella is a beautiful light pink lily. It had three large flowers on a short 12-inch branch, maybe because it is only in its first year of bloom.

Shrimp Plant

This Shrimp plant is very unique and tolerates heat and dryness well. I have seen them grown in masses on the streets. I like how they look so I purchased them years ago to fill my garden. The flowers are soft and feathery and look like shrimps.

China Asters

I grew a mix of China Asters this year and so far I have many beautiful colors. A few blogs ago I showed them in purple, white, and dark pink. I don’t know much about asters but I love how they grow to have so many pretty flowers!

Poppy or Mantisalca Salmantica

I thought this was a poppy but I cannot find proof in my seeds collection that this is a poppy. I used a plant identification App and was identified as being similar to this Mantisalca. I can tell you that it is heat tolerant and has many beautiful blooms.

Red Courtesan Sunflowers

Just a beautiful red color! I love these sunflowers!

Plumbago

I love plumbagos for its drought tolerance and beautiful flowers. It blooms in clusters in the summer. It is great to grow as a privacy hedge since it fills up and out very quickly .

Amaranth

This new amaranth sprouted in the same location that I planted several last year. It must have reseeded. The ones from last year had their leaves munched up by some creatures. These are edible leaves to humans too. Somehow this perfect little amaranth was unscathed. I love red leaves in plants, so striking in the garden!

Daylily

Beautiful yellow daylily to end the blog! Have a great weekend!

Beaded Bracelets

This week I wanted to share some bracelets I made a few years ago. The designs were all by Deb Roberti. Check out her designs on her website http://www.aroundthebeadingtable.com. She has such beautiful designs for bracelets, necklaces, and pendants. Her designs were very easy to follow and the beads easy to find.

I have made some bracelets on beading magazines and have found them to be a little hard to understand. Also, their designs require a lot of expensive beads. If you want to learn intricate beading, try Deb Roberti’s designs first and then you will really enjoy beading a lot more. I really LOVE her designs and have tons of her patterns.

Below are some of my favorite bracelets. Over the past 5 years, I have made over 80 pieces of jewelry, 80% are bracelets. I like making bracelets because I have a very small wrist and had trouble finding adult sizes that would fit me. So, I will share pictures of those items in the coming weeks. I am still trying to find time to create new ones but these days I am outside watering and caring for my plants a lot! Maybe in the fall and winter I can do more.

Farfalle Bracelet

Caroline’s Cuff

Alexandra Bracelets

Another color combination of the Alexandra bracelet…

Nexus Bracelet

I don’t remember which bracelet this is.

I also don’t remember the name of this one below but it is probably a variation of one of the other bracelet patterns that I doubled up to make it into a cuff bracelet. I like the wider bracelets so most of the designs I made were at least an inch wide.

I have made a lot of jewelry items in pinks, purples, and greens. I am attracted to those colors in the garden and also in these beaded jewelry as well.

That’s all for this weekend! I hope you are enjoying the weather wherever you are. In Southern California, these next few days will be hot as it was the last few weeks.