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

The Art of Wanting Less in Gardening

Recently I read an article on how to curb spending on clothes and other material goods. Let me just say that I have a problem with spending and it led me to that article. As I was reading the article, I thought I should apply those tips to gardening as well, since that also seems to be a problem for many gardeners like myself. I think a lot of gardeners have a tendency to keep buying and planting more plants. Once we get started, we enjoy the beauty of the plants so much that we want to collect MORE and MORE plants!

If you have been reading my posts you may have noticed that I have a lot of interesting and unusual plants. I like to plant unique things and I like to try a lot of different seeds. If you take a walk in my garden you will notice I own a lot of plants. I can’t seem to stop collecting plants and these days I don’t have time to do that much planting and caring for them. So the tips below are going to be my go-to checklist before I buy new plants.

By the way before you look at the list, check out the beautiful flowers that got me in trouble with spending and hoarding.

Dahlia “Fairway Spur”
Plumeria

TIPS TO PREVENT PLANT HOARDING

  • Reduce your exposure to plant catalogs and emails (take your name off their lists!)
  • Take stock of what you already have. Ask yourself, “Do you need another hibiscus or poppy?” If you already have 10 poppies out there, you don’t need another one, do you? Do you have space to put that plant?
  • Wait 24 hours to see if you still really need that plant? Most of the time I find that I don’t really NEED to have that plant after all. Actually, in gardening, I don’t think there ever is a NEED for any plants. It is all WANTS WANTS WANTS!!!
  • Take a break from buying for a week, a month, or several months. If you can do it, and I know it is almost impossible, try waiting a year before you buy a new plant. You will notice that when you don’t buy new plants, you actually have a lot of time to do other things. This also means one less plant to worry about watering, fertilizing, and mulching.
Iochroma Cyanea “Royal Blue”
Picasso Calla Lily

Amazing Orange

I don’t normally like to grow orange flowers but some of these were from a discounted “mix” pack in seeds or bulbs. One thing I’ve learned is never to buy a “mix” of any plant offerings online unless you don’t mind getting ugly colors. I didn’t know that so I bought several of daylily mixes and I got a bunch of bright orange that I would’ve never purchased had I known.

However, now that I have them, I learned to like them since I raised them from pups. They stand out in my garden of pinks and purples.

Now this Big Kiss White Flame Hybrid Gazania (what a mouthful) is actually one that I picked out on a seed website.  Have you seen anything more vibrant? The flower is about 3″ wide with bright yellow-orange and red petals. I gush with delight when I see this flower open up every morning!

This is an orange California poppy that was in a mix. I was hoping it was pink or purple but this is what sprouted. It is cute though.

This Ruby Spider daylily is the BOMB! What an amazing show of red and orange in this outrageous beauty! I would love to have a bunch more of these.  Sadly, it opened for a day or so and I was not able to enjoy it more.  There are some new ones getting ready to open soon though.

At Last rose is one of my favorite of orange roses. Flowers are smaller than most roses but it has beautiful shades of oranges and yellows.

Below is an orange zinnia from a mix. This is really an unexpected color in the seed mix but I think I am in love with it. This picture is actually a day before it fully bloomed that’s why it had those neat beige colors in the center. I wish it stayed like that forever.

These daylilies below are all from a mix. As you can see they are quite orange and almost red. I’ve had these for a couple of years but this is the first time I’ve seen it flower.  They are all over my garden and so ORANGE!

Here are some of my pretty garden pictures. The best time to catch beautiful pictures of my yard is on a cloudy day because it shows off the colors so vibrantly. In the picture below I have a plumeria, pink alstroemeria, iris, and tall pink Verbascum Southern Charm way in the back.

Below is another garden patch nearby where I have a 3 year-old sage bush with purple flowers, purple magnolia, purple daisies, purple roses, lily tree (center), and the pink, fast-growing Strybing Beauty.

In this picture below are General Sikorski clematis, blue chicory flowers, plumeria, and magnolia Souvlangiana.

Below are some rose mallow, yellow daisies, and a Red Baron peach tree. The Red Baron will change its leaves into red sometimes in early September, I believe. As you can see it has grown quite a bit since last year when I first wrote about it.

That’s all for now. I have more to show you in a few days!

Flowers Galore II

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!