Friday, September 15, 2023

Bloomday and a reminder about The Other Plant Sale...

It's September 15th, in other words...Garden Blogger's Bloomday! I've been staring at these floral sprays on my Mahonia gracilipes willing the flowers to open—they're tiny, and yellow—but no luck, yet.

Thankfully the Passiflora cooperated...

I lost my formerly hardy Passiflora 'Amethyst Jewel' last winter, and the P. 'Snow Queen' was knocked back to the ground (it's rebounding, but still no blooms), I am so glad I picked up this 'Aphrodite's Purple Nightie' hybrid. Even though it's not hardy it's earned it's keep with lots of blooms all summer long.

There are still tomato blooms too. I know it's said that you shouldn't let your tomatoes bloom so late in the season and should snip the vines so they put all their energy into the fruit, but with the little sungolds I'm just letting them go until the vines loose their vigor.

Schefflera delavayi

Metapanax delavayi—very unassuming blooms yet swarmed by pollinators. Looking at this image up close it looks like the flowers may have passed over to the fruit stage?

Ipomoea × multifida, aka cardinal climber has been blooming all summer long, and also producing seed capsules. I've been crushing them and letting the seeds fall. I look forward to seeing what comes up next spring.

Chasmanthium latifolium

NoID crocosmia, which might be ‘Star of the East’?

I love how flat it is when fully open.

Tricyrtis formosana ‘Samurai’

I couldn't remember if I'd ever shared this blooming NoID tillandsia (lower right hand side) in a Bloomday post. Now I have.

Here's another one that's sent up a bloom spike, Tillandsia 'Spirit'.

The crazy coloring up of Fascicularia pitcairniifolia needs more than one photo.

This is the second year in a row I've hand one (or two) bloom in my garden. 

They're so cool.

Eventually all those buds will open to blue petals with yellow anthers.

Clematis repens ‘Bells of Emei Shan’ rebloom.

Billbergia nutans is blooming again too (no complaints!).

And finally, my Nepenthes x Miranda is gonna bloom!

It sounds silly to say, but I'd always kind of thought nepenthes pitchers were the point...

I mean they're so decorative, who needs blooms?!

But bloom it does, here's when I first photographed it, on Aug 25th...

...and just a couple of days ago. I guess it's a stinker, so I'm glad it's doing this outside, before I bring the plant in for the winter.

Last minute photo add, when I went to check last evening to see if the flowers had opened I discovered this, a stink bug on the reportedly stinking bloom. It looks like it climbed up there to see the sunset.

Cryptanthus is another plant that doesn't really look like it needs to bloom, but it does. 

This one is in a can planting I've done for tomorrow's "The Other Plant Sale" where I'll be ofering Upcylce and Plant containers—read all about it here.

These plants have needs that don't make them successful longterm companions, but it will be fun while it lasts.

End your drought, come buy some plants!

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  1. Earlier this year my Nepenthe grew a flower stalk...just in time for Valentine's Day.

  2. Thanks for sharing your plants and blooms with us. Your Aphrodite's Purple Nightie bloom is just stunning. I have never seen this flower before. My cardinal climber has been slow and just starting to bloom. I have it in a different location this year so will try your method of crushing the seed pods and letting them fall to the ground.

    1. Passionflowers are rather exotic aren't they? I hope you get a chance to see one in person soon.

  3. Loree, I particularly like your choices of weird plants--is that Fascicularia pitcarniifolia a type of Bromeliad or another family? Your other Bromeliads in bloom are fascinating too--not easy to obtain. I much enjoy your Danger Garden blog!

    1. Yes, the Fascicularia pitcarniifolia is a bromeliad, although you'd hardly know it until they bloom.

  4. For September up your way, that looks like a lot of flowers! I'm envious every time I see Mahonia gracilipes, which is beautiful even in bud - it reminds me a bit of the Jewels of Opar (Talinum), which I've never managed to keep going. Your bromeliad blooms are impressive, particularly Fascicularia pitcairniifolia.

    Best wishes with the plant sale!

    1. Interesting! I would never have made the association but you're right, the mahonia blooms are reminiscent of Jewels of Opar.

  5. Two of my three Mahonia 'Soft Caress' are pushing out flower bud clusters. these two are new this summer. The third (older) plant is not showing flower buds, at least not yet.

    1. Oh yes! I noticed this today on my plants too! Mahonia soft caress has great flowers.

  6. I find the graceful arching and Origami like structure of Chasmanthium latifolium mesmerizing...
    On the opposite end, the not so gentle, in-your-face, most stunning Fascicularia pitcairniifolia. And then comes the close up: "blue petals with yellow anthers". Extraordinary. I hope you'll catch it when all the flowers are open.
    Best of luck with the sale.

    1. "Origami like structure"... perfect description! I hear from other gardeners that Chasmanthium latifolium can seed around a lot in a garden. Since I cut those great seed-heads to bring in for a vase I rarely see a seedling.

  7. Gorgeousness. That is a fabulous crocosmia I haven't seen before. The Fascicularia pitcairniifolia coloring is arresting, I love it.

    1. A friend shared that crocosmia with me, I love it.


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