Saturday, May 28, 2016

End of May: Gardenias, Brugmansias and Bromeliads

It's a joy to go outside. During the day Gardenia scent is wonderful. After dark, Brugmansia fragrance mingles with the heady Gardenias.

For anybody else, there would be too many. Not for me!

Orangy in the daytime, 
Pink and wide open at night.

Vriesea bought for $1.25. Two pups grew from it and bloomed this year.

Blooms are the little blue things.

Pink Seedling

Echinacea is everywhere. Big blue hydrangeas are in bloom. 
Oakleaf hydrangea blooms are now pinkish and drying.

Byzantine Emperor --likes a little shade.

Belinda's Dream
Roses go in and out of bloom. Sometimes I forget about photos when they are at their best.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Pink Echinacea and a Gardenia

The white Coneflower that Susie gave me year before last seeded itself beside the original plant. Naturally the new plant is a throwback to an ancestor, but not as deeply pink as the ones growing elsewhere here.

 I gave Kathy the seeds I saved last summer from the white Echinacea.
I hope that she or her neighbor will grow more coneflowers and 
some will turn out white.

White Echinacea has buds, but none open. Yet.

Blooming white behind the pink coneflower is a Gardenia or two.

Fragrance. Incredible. I bring in a bloom or two when I think of it.

These gardenias are bushes that I rooted cuttings not so many years back.  I feel compelled to plant more and more of them. They are not native. Native shrubs like Azalea 'Alabamense' and Philadelphus inodorus have shed their white blooms and gone green now.

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