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.
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.
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!
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, the 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.
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.
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!
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.
Recently I started playing a gardening game called Gardenscapes in which you get to restore a neglected garden to its former glory. It is a lot of fun re-doing the fountains and hedges, reviving and cleaning up old plants.
In the real world I do that in my backyard too. For many years I have lived in my house and neglected the yard. We had grass put in when my boys were young. The last four years I became interested in gardening when I inherited some of my mother-in-law’s plants. I realized gardening is a great mental and physical benefit so I started hauling out almost all of the grass in the backyard to create my garden. I am so glad I did because my garden now is so colorful and lush. I have put in a lot of back-breaking work but when flowers bloom, it was totally worth it. It has frequent visitors such as birds, bees, ladybugs, butterflies, slugs, and worms of all kinds. There is a healthy ecosystem in my backyard.
Although it looks like a “jungle” as my mom and kids like to call it, I really like that the inner garden is disguised by the big trees and bushes maturing over the years. It makes the garden feel like a “secret garden”. Below, I have two official entrances to my garden, each are flanked by trellis arches with clematis and passion flowers growing on it.
Did you see the passion flower fruits that are hanging off of that trellis? I was so excited to see them since I didn’t know whether the kind I grew would bear fruit!
The above picture is the right side of the garden and starting from the front right is my sage, magnolia souvlangiana tree, blue chicory, purple daisies, pink rose bush, and pink Strybing Beauty bush next to the tall brugmansia tree on the far right.
The scenery above is a view into the front of the garden. In the front I have a holly hock bush, pink geraniums, foxgloves on the right with the yellow Charles Grimaldi brugmansia in the back. On the far left, I have the purple and white foxglove bushes, a White Bouquet tansy ground cover, orange At Last roses, and an orange tree behind it. I have some poppies growing in this area that hasn’t gotten tall enough to make it in the picture.
Finally, below are a collection of some new flowers blooming these past few weeks. My pink Pompom poppy finally has a couple of flowers that didn’t look diseased, most were in very bad shape. I tried growing them many times but this is the first year that it flowered.
Recently I planted some really amazing new roses in my garden. One in particular is called Koko Loco and it changes colors as it aged. It starts out a deep salmon pink color, then to cocoa, eventually fading out to an almost lavender color. This is not your average rose! I love growing uncommon things.
Another rose that is particularly beautiful to me is the Love Song rose. It has the most perfect purple lavender color ever.
This Sparkle and Shine rose has an amazing yellow color that I like and I don’t usually like yellow flowers. It has good form and reminds me of a hibiscus and peony. It is such a cheerful color in the garden.
Another phenomenal beauty is the Plum Perfect rose, which also has a beautiful, vibrant plum. I love the double flower form of this rose.
Below are a few other favorites from years before. Oklahoma and First Prize are huge flowering roses, in full bloom they are larger than my hand as you can see from one of the pictures. Oklahoma is a deep red, very dramatic.
Below are a few other honorable mentions that are not roses I thought you might enjoy.
It goes without saying that roses are one of the most classic beauties of all time. Everyone has seen a rose at one time or another. At one point, I thought they were too common and spiky to grow. The spiky stems made it even harder to like. However, overtime they grew on me because of their beautiful petals and sweet fragrance. I am very partial to scented flowers!
The all time favorite rose in my garden right now is this “At Last” rose. It has shades of deep orange like the above picture and then it also has a lighter peachy color like the ones below as well. Every time I see them bloom it always amazes me by how beautiful the colors are. So far this one is fairly easy to maintain. When I have time I will probably propagate this plant and spread them all over my garden.
Roses are one of the moderately easy to grow flowers. I say moderately because they are not the kind of flowers you can just leave them dry or unattended like succulents. They require regular pruning to encourage new flowers, particularly after they bloomed. If they get too leafy and had too many side shoots, you have to prune those so that the plant spends its energy on flower production instead of more leaves. They need fertilizer to keep them blooming. They also need moist soil. All those things will help them to be prolific bloomers.
I love pink roses and have been looking for many varieties of pink roses. The rose on the top left is called “First Prize” has a marbleized effect. The one on the top right is the “Peace” hybrid tea rose and it has shades of peach and pinks that sometimes changed throughout the day, like captured on the bottom right. I love it best when it is both pinks and peaches together. Extremely exceptional!
The yellow mini roses are such cuties. They are mini in every way and one of the most adorable! I wish I can place them all over in my yard as well. I started to like yellow flowers because of them.
This reddish, with a hint of pink rose above is the “Oklahoma” hybrid rose, I put my hand next to it for comparison of the size of the flower. It was almost 5 inches in size.
The above gorgeous reddish pink rose bush was supposed to be an indoor plant but I put it in the ground and it seemed to like its new home because it is blooming heavily.
This mini pink rose is also most ADORABLE! It started out a light pink like above and then faded out to white after long exposure to the sun. It was another one of the mini roses that should have been in a container but I liked the colors so much I wanted it to survive and multiply outdoors. I tend to over-water container plants and eventually kill them so whatever plant I treasure, I put it in the ground. I dislike growing things in containers!!!
Take time to enjoy all the roses out there in the world. They can be found almost anywhere in warmer or cooler climates. Once established in the ground, they are extremely hardy and can tolerate just about anything. The best thing is that they bloom almost year-round if you live in warmer climates.