"Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. " ~Lindley Karstens

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Here they came together again!

Since I received this Tropical Lilac (Cornutia grandifolia) and the Needle flower    (Augusta rivalis) about two years ago, they have been growing into a tree and a big bush, respectively.  By no mistake, they always bloom at the same time in May.  This year they seem came a little earlier thanks to our mild winter. 

Tropical Lilac (Cornutia grandifolia)

Tropical Lilac (Cornutia grandifolia)

Tropical Lilac (Cornutia grandifolia)
When it is not blooming, I enjoy the fragrant leaves all year long.  Every time I pass by, I just could not help to rub the leaves between my fingers, and smell the wonderful scent from the leaves.  Every time a visitor comes to my garden, I always offer them to take a leaf to smell.  I am glad most of them love it. Some of them want to have one as well.  Unfortunately, this is kind of plant you don't see in the nursery store.  I still have not found the way to propagate it, rooting cuttings, and growing from seeds both failed.  If anybody knows a way, please let me know.

This year is the first time the Needle flower bush set so MANY flowers, hundreds of them! Aren't those flower buds really look like "Needles"?

Needle flower (Augusta rivalis)

Needle flower (Augusta rivalis)
Needle flower (Augusta rivalis)
The good part of Need Flower is that it is easy to propagate via cuttings.  This has been making sharing among friends easy.

With Tropical Lilac, Needle flower, pink Angle Trumpet, and ground orchids blooming together in this flower bed, you can guess how I am loving this area these days!  This used to be a muddy area when we moved in three years ago.


Hope they can come back again and again for many years coming!

12 comments:

  1. You have so many lovely flowers in that section - and so many I have never heard of!

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    1. Thank you! I don't know why these two plants could not been seen in regular store. I got them as a member of Flamingo Gardens.

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  2. What a delightful area...!!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I am really enjoying this area this time of the year.

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  3. I've not seen either of those plants and you have turned a muddy space into bit of tropical paradise.

    Happy Gardening ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thank you! This area tends to have water retained when it has heavy rain. I had to raise the flower bed to avoid the flooding. So far the plants there seem loving it.

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  4. How nice to have everything blooming together. That is a very pretty area. You must feel so happy to see it transformed from a muddy spot to a beauty spot.

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    1. Thank you! The transformation took lots of work, but certainly worth it!

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  5. The needle flower you sent me is blooming nicely, too, and I'm thoroughly enjoying the unique look of it. I tried growing your tropical lilac from the seeds you sent but didn't have any luck either. It's such a beauty you'd think you would find it in all the nurseries. Enjoy your beautiful flowers!

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    1. Wait for your needle flower bush growing bigger, you will enjoy better :) When hundreds of flowers blooming together, it is just so different! I wonder why the tropical lilac is so difficult to propagate,too bad there is not much information available over the internet either. I will let you know if I ever have any luck.

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  6. Oh, those are two beautiful plants! I remember you posting about those way back when. That tropical lilac is a stunning beauty! It does look like the cold-weather version of lilac. Of course, I googled, and it says they are zone 10, so I'm not sure I could grow those here, but I really, really want them!

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    1. The tropical lilac is very cold sensitive, whenever the temperature drops below 40, the leaves got frost bites easily and eventually fall off. But it survived the past three years fine, except losing leaves, it grows quite fast once the weather warms up. I had to trim it to control the size since it is obviously that I did not give it enough space (again).

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