Sunday, September 21, 2008
Green Thumb Sunday- Late summer blooms and baby cactus!
The pale peach dahlias are blooming all the time these days, but the pink one next to it, hasn't given me a single bloom yet! I seem to have better luck with orange shaded blooms over pink somehow! The Angel Trumpet is still in glorious bloom- the scent is amazing! I still haven't planted it though- I am nervous beyond belief about this one.
I just planted this "Mexican Petunia" the other day, in the big area in the front of my house. I try and keep drought tolerant plants in this area, and this one should spread and do really well without a huge amount of water, once it gets established.
Another Hibiscus bloom- I know I've shown them so many times but I never get tired of seeing them- With the yellow and red tipped stamen they appear other worldly to me! This little tangerine one is prolific bloomer but my pink hibiscus is stingy with her blooms!
The first buds are starting to form on my "Red Rocket" Crepe Myrtle! Another new addition to the big front area. I have 3 Crepe Myrtle now, and all are small and recently started. One pink (Centennial Spirit) , one white (Natchez) and this Red Rocket which will have red blooms of course.
Baja Fairy Duster: The summer has been good to this little plant, and that whole top shoot with the 3 flowers is new growth. I counted 11 flowers at one time- this little guy just blooms and blooms!
My night blooming cactus (a Cereus I think?) has also been a constant bloomer, with a bud in progress at all times. The first pictures shows the latest bloom, just as it started to open at night, and then the next morning before it started to close.
These last three were a big surprise for me. Babies showing up in the Parodia that was the subject of my very first Green Thumb Sunday! And are the babies not the sweetest little things you've ever seen? I had no idea that cactus babies started out with a set of leaves like these have! These 3 are my first Parodia babies and am I ever proud!
Well that sums up the week in my desert garden. What is blooming in yours?
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