This Sclerochiton harveyanus, also known as ‘Blue Lips’, was one of two plants I got from Member’s Day at Flamingo Gardens this year. I will post the other plant later when it flowers.
Can you guess why I chose this plant? Yes, it is blue, my favorite color! Also, it has such unusual flower shape as well. Plus, this tropical shrub attracts hummingbird and butterflies. I planted it in a partial shade location.
Three Aechmea blanchetiana 'Orangeade' are shooting flower scapes for the first time! They are also all setting the pups. Hope they won’t set too many pups for me to handle.
This year Ground orchids did not bloom as prolific as last year, or maybe they are taking time.
Rose bushes are not flowering under the South Florida sun, but the zinnias planted in front of them are not minding the blazing sun at all!
More Zinnias are planted in this flowerbed. I have redone this bed a couple of months ago when trying to find a location for my Belinda’s Dream Rose.
The same bed from another direction…
Can you see the Belinda’s Dream next to the Purple Fountain grass? It has healthy leaves, but no flowers either. This bed gets truly full sun in my garden, from sunrise to sundown. Maybe too much even for the rose?
In front of the Belinda’s Dream, I planted a fern like Chartreuse colored plant. The nursery owner said it is called “Pallaia”, but I could not find any image with this name matching the plant. Maybe I got the wrong name.
This is the closeup look of this plant. I love it can take the full sun, and the chartreuse color. The texture of the leaves is also very airly. It was said that it will keep this short, and I think it will be a perfect companion plant to the rose bush. Anybody recognizes this plant? (Update: Rick Brown identified this plant as Artillery Fern, or Pilea microphylla. Thank you, Rick! )
Another plant I recently purchased, but with no name tag. I thought I saw this one from somewhere, but just could not remember the name.
My first Siam Tulip (curcumas) flower this year! As a relative new gardener, it is still fairly new thing to see the plants that died to the ground last year emerges in the Spring, and opens the beautiful flowers once again!
Medinilla cumingii is opening more and more flowers. Most of them are not fully opened yet.
I put it in a big container in a partial shade area in the front garden. It has grown a lot since I got it last year. Here is how it looks with other containers in my front door entry way. All those colors are coming together quite nicely. It is fun to play with containers combination.
This is the first blog post I wrote using Windows Live Writer. Although I think I still need to get used to it, but I started loving it.