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.
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.
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:
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.
Last time I shared pictures of flowers in my garden. This next set of pictures are some more of my favorite flowers blooming currently. These are blooms that have been shocking and surprising all these past couple of weeks.
The time and effort in nurturing these plants have been extremely satisfying for me, especially when they surprised me out of nowhere and bloomed. The hibiscus below was such an example. I grew it from seeds last year, planted in the ground this March and now it has grown about 3 feet tall. A few weeks ago I saw some buds but it stayed small that way for a while. I was worried pests would damage the buds. I lost the labels for this hibiscus so I had no idea what color it was going to be. A few days ago I saw it bloomed for the first time in the evening and my first thought was “ooohh, what a cutie!” At the time, it was around 7 p.m., it was closing its petals for the night. I was super excited. The next day I got out early enough to capture the other picture, it was another bud opening, the other one closed for good. See for yourself…
Other surprising blooms this week are these hibiscus flowers. Never have I seen this many flowers all at once, so I was pleasantly surprised. The most spectacular thing about this hibiscus is in the morning it is a dark bright pink (first picture below – from another day) and at the end of the afternoon, it turns into a beautiful salmon pink color. LOVE this plant!
Here are a few more of my favorite hibiscuses. I should probably relabeled this post as HIBISCUS since there are so many. I did say in the beginning of my blog posts that hibiscuses are in my top five of flowers!
The next wonderful surprise happening this past week was this red hibiscus that I have waited two years for it to fully bloom. Every year in the past there would be a few buds but they always fall to the ground before any of them bloomed. This is the first time I actually got to see a full flower and I am so giddy with happiness when I saw it. There are a few more buds on the tree getting ready to bloom and so far it is only giving me one every few days!
Here are a few of my other delightful finds this week or the week before and the week before that. The below are blushing susie vines and a bougainvillea.
Next, are lovely bunches of hydrangea flowers in four stages of life. This one is very pretty because it starts out peachy pink and gradually over several days changes colors to a nice light lavender. These past weeks they bloomed more than they ever have. But then, this has been in the ground for only a year. I expect next year is going to get even better.
This year one of my plumerias bloomed the best in all the 19 years that I have seen it. It has varying shades of pinks, yellows, and whites. I have only seen it as a boring pink all these years but this year has been spectacular and it is taller than the roof of my house! I didn’t know plumerias can get that tall but this guy does.
Heretofore, if you made it all the way down here, I will leave you with one of my newest favorite…the gerbera daisy! I love the bright pink in this flower. Makes me happy just to look at it!