April 5, 2012

Now Blooming: Fun Flowers

Just a selection of some fun flowers currently in the garden:

This is probably my favorite plant because it has bloomed nonstop ever since I got it which is impressive because it's not hardy and must be grown in a pot - it's dealt beautifully with the stressful summers which would destroy many potted plants in my yard and with being essentially stored in the garage during our brief winters.  I've had a horrible time trying to photograph the blooms over the years, but I think I'm getting closer to capturing the right shot which really shows how amazing the blooms are. 

Jatropha podagrica

Typically, people don't grow Sarracenia (North American Pitcher Plant) for the blooms which includes me, but the blooms are pretty unusual and appear well ahead of the carnivorous pitchers which would readily consume the pollinators.

Sarracenia sp.

Gopher Plant (Euphorbia rigida) is always a favorite with its funny growth habit and color clashing blooms.  Right now it's done blooming and quickly setting seed.  I made the silly mistake of collecting one to see if there was indeed a seed without knowing where to put the seed after I harvested it.

Euphorbia rigida seeds

 'Maggie' has been an absolute delight this spring with its gorgeous aroma perfuming the entire yard, and achieving Earth Kind Rose status, it's a wonderfully robust plant requiring very little care.  However, it's also been a nightmare to photograph because of its uniform color and soft petals which don't last very long, but I'd rather have the stunning fragrance over a long lasting bloom.

Rosa 'Maggie'

While not particularly interesting, the flowers of Drimiopsis maculata make it clear why the plant is commonly called "Little White Soldiers".  Here you can see the exposed bulb resting on top of the soil, and what I find impressive is just how much growth there is from such a small bulb...  AND it's just getting started as the warm weather sets in!

Drimiopsis maculata

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

This post is part of Tootsie Time's Fertilizer Friday.  Be sure to check out more fun flowers!!


12 comments:

  1. Your sarra flower is beautiful! I love the way you captured those pics with black background. They made the flowers and plant really captivating. Btw, thanks for your advice on E. aeruginosa. I have cut two stems off already ;-) And, we always have difficulty knowing the names of the plants here as they are all sold without names esp. cacti... some just look the same and there is no way we could know their names. So thanks again and have a great weekend!!

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    1. Thanks for the compliment! Hopefully the ID was correct!

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  2. Beautiful things growing, altho not one of them is familiar to me We may both be zone 7, but East Coast versus Texas is planets away!

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    1. Actually I'm zone 8B bordering frequently on zone 9A, and the Jatropha podagrica isn't hard at all here and will live its life in a pot. However, many Sarracenia would grow beautifully for you in a bog garden, and there are some native to Virginia. You could actually grow some that I couldn't such as Sarracenia purperea - I fear we get too hot for too long here, but your milder summers would keep them happy.

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    1. So do I! The foliage is a lovely blue color!

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  4. I really like the Sarracenia flower. Very pretty!

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    1. Thanks! It's a bit too floppy for my taste, but it is interesting.

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  5. Except for the Sarracenia, all your plants are new to me, and I do love to learn about ones other than what we can grow. The R. 'Maggie' is gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks! 'Maggie' does produce a pretty flower even though it quickly disintegrates. I'd recommend it for the fragrance more than the blooms.

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  6. I am so far behind this week that I can't even see straight!!! I am here now enjoying your share in my little party. Thank you so much for linking in this week!!! I hope to see you again soon!!! I am sharing this post on the Tootsie Time Facebook page! Hugs from Alberta Canada!!!
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    1. Thanks! Although I wasn't going to get upset if you didn't reply - everyone gets busy!

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