But I can do better than that! Instead I am going to share a couple of photos of blooms in the making in my garden, the subtle stage before the flower pops. Then a few blooms that you don’t expect to see when someone says “bloom,” these are not pretty flowers. But first a few of my favorite non-flower flower look a-likes. When is a pretty pink flower not really a flower? When it’s an Echeveria hybrid ‘afterglow.’
These Echeveria pulidonis remind me of a tightly wrapped bridal bouquet.
And the Graptopetalum paraguayense (Ghost Plant) look to be shiny flowers in a turquoise vase.
The purple Dyckia is a sharp flower contender.
A few of my favorite Agave rosettes…. Agave bovicornuta
And Agave potatorum
Aeoniums are also quite reminiscent of a big beautiful bloom. Aeonium ‘Sunburst’
Aeonium ‘salad bowl’
And another Aeonium Schwarzkopf, with friends.
Moving on to the real “about to be” flowers, we’ll start with the Pieris japonica.
Mahonia x media 'Charity'
My Tetrapanax looks like it may be about to bloom! (or maybe that's just another leaf and I'm getting all excited about nothing?)
And the Verbascum looks like it's about to bloom too. I’m not sure this is normal for October. We’ll have to watch this one closely to see what develops.
Now for the "atypical" flowers...Cotinus royal purple. Wait! Okay….I cheated. Really this is “after the bloom” but it’s still cool to see.
LilropeIsn’t this the oddest looking Lupine? It seems to be about to flower but what’s with mass of small leaves on the tall bloom spike?
No name on this Rush
Zebra Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus')
And lastly Cyperus involucratus, or Umbrella Palm.
Thank you for joining me on this slightly unethical Bloomday post. For the real deal click on over to May Dreams Gardens and see what other gardeners have blooming in their garden today.