Thursday, July 31, 2014

Finally a First Bloom on new Pride of Barbados Plants

Plants that are taken for granted in more tropical gardens are sometimes a real trick here. We're plenty hot in the summer but our winters tend to get too cold for Plants that stay green all year in say, South Texas and South Florida. Root hardy, they lose all above-ground growth.

This is a third-year seedling. I'm hopeful of the 2nd year seedlings blooming this year too before cold weather. They rarely show new growth from the roots until mid May just as I'm giving up.

In the same bed, there's a new bud on Agapanthus (the bright bud at upper right) and a spent bloom on the far bottom left has seeds turning yellow. I have seedling Agapanthus that I think will remain in a pot until next spring.  When these seeds are ripe, they need planting too. 

White Shrimp Plant bracts finally are showing tiny pink

Plants are getting crispy. We are hoping for rain the next day or two. Farmer Danny is watering peanuts now. While I was putting a soaker in the bed above, I found a snake skin about 2 feet long. Startling. I hope he finds rats to eat.


  1. Looking great! The pride of Barbados I put in last year was a bit frost bitten, but I still have hopes of seeing some bloom before frost !

  2. I'm still loving that shrimp plant..
    uuurrrgh, snakes!

  3. It's great that you can grow tropical bloomers up there. I love your white shrimp plant.

    Have a lovely first weekend in August ~ FlowerLady


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