Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Is Fuchsia in Your Future?

It's the color of spring. Fewer flowers in this garden bloom this color once the azaleas have bloomed.

No, wait! Pentas and Zinnias and Gladioli will brighten the summer garden. What about  Rose Campion and Purple Coneflower and Crape Myrtles? We're just starting the season of Fuchsia Flowers. Seeds and bulbs and roots underground are getting ready to make a hot pink spring and summer, including the Stargazer lilies I just planted despite the cold.

Here is what is blooming now:

Hyacinths, unknown cultivar opening inside.
 Those in the ground have tightly closed buds against the cold wind.

Taiwan cherries. Birds will eat the fruit as soon as they form.

Loropetalum fringes last until after azaleas bloom.

I give the flowers called Fuchsias long, loving looks but they are unhappy in this climate.

What Fuchsia colored flowers do you anticipate when the weather improves? 

20 comments:

  1. Oh how we adore the hot pinks! My most favorite of all is a dark leaved dahlia named fascination.

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  2. Your fringe flower does look big compared to my little shrub. I don't have much hot pink. I have abutilon 'Marilyn's Choice', dianthus and probably more.
    It's been so long I can't remember :/ jk

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  3. I love the bright colors of your flowers...especially the Hyacinths. I remember seeing fuchsias growing wild along the roadways in Ireland. I just love their beautiful flowers.

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  4. I do like fuschias but haven't had much luck in our area with them. I think I just have to pay attention and learn their ways. Lovely color indeed.
    BTW our blog was tagged with an "Honest Scrap" award by Christine at Idora Design - I did the post for us mice and tagged you (and six others) in turn. Don't feel obligated - but have fun if you like.

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  5. I have a geranium that I've been babying all this winter. I hope that it pops out some more fabulous fuschia blooms this spring! (if spring ever arrives, that is)

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  6. I can't even begin to think about having anything blooming in pink yet! Maybe in another 6-8 weeks. I like looking at yours, though!

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  7. Your hyscinth look so lovely.
    As for the Fushsia coloured flowers - well, I got few tropical ones - still wondering what would get close to the colour...

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  8. Your spring comes early with lovely Hyacinths and other pink beauties.
    I have hot pink Salvia flowering from early spring into late summer, which is now. I think your fairy garden is enchanting. Every garden should have a little whimsy.

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  9. Hmmm, hot pinks. I will have to try from memory. We are still in the throes of a cold, snowy winter here.

    Rose campion, several old garden roses, zinnias....if memory serves, that is it.

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  10. I've got an "orange" rose that's the most beautiful fuchsia color. It was labeled orange. As a hybrid tea rose, I suspect some grafting errors gave me this plant rather than mislabeling. It does have a few orange blooms too. My zinnias could also be considered fuchsia. And there's cosmos that come out hot pink as well.

    I love the hanging baskets of fuchsia that are sold in the garden center each spring. Like you, they hate our climate. They're beautiful for a couple of weeks though.

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  11. Hot pink, fuchsia, magenta...whatever you call it-- I love it!
    I have never seen a fuchsia hyacinth--very nice!

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  12. Wow Nell, you have some wonderful fuchsia colored blooms in your gardens.

    FlowerLady

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  13. Beautiful! Sadly, I'm months away from blooming perennials but the first bright pinks to grace my garden (other than bulbs) is the hot pink Wild Thing Bush Sage.

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  14. ohhh lorapetalum. i just love that shrub! can't wait - we have weeks to go here. re: hot pink - i will have a bergenia blooming hot pink in the spring. i just put them in last year so i'm really looking forward to it. they have deep maroon foliage now, but it will come in fresh and light green, with deep red flower spikes and hot pink flowers. i believe this is the one i have: http://www.bluestoneperennials.com/b/bp/BEWIS.html

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  15. Well, NellJean, I have to say my garden is forever in fuchsia! It is my favorite garden color of all, and I have a ton of it. Bright pink camellias, cracker roses, and lorapetalums keep the color going in winter, even after cold damage. But the rest of the year, ti plants, knockouts, a brilliant 'Arapaho', daylilies, and hibiscus add to the riot.

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  16. At this point I'd take any color at all - we've had so much snow. I really love the first pic of the hyacinths.

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  17. One of my favorite colors...Must check out those cherries...gail

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  18. These are colors I love in the garden...I have some pink hyacinths that will (eventually) come up, just not sure they're 'fuschia'...would love to have them in that shade. My crepe myrtles are a deep shade of fuschia, I look forward to them.

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  19. The ice plant (?) I transplanted last spring has a tiny little fuschia blossom that just knocks me out every time. I hope it survives this winter.
    I love your hyacinths, basically any color is awesome for those!

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