Climbers with Big Flowers

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I am so thankful that my mum managed to get a few cuttings of this beautiful vine from her neighbour's garden some months ago.

From this particular cutting, I had hoped to grow a bonsai-like plant. Not many leaves have grown over the four months though since I transferred the rooted cutting into this pot. This first bloom however came as a pleasant surprise. The flower is as huge as it could be, even when the vine is still short. The whole pic below is actually the whole vine!




The other vine that has big flowers is the laurel-leaved Thunbergia. This vine grows pretty fast and is very productive. The flowers kept appearing and it is really a delight to have this vine in my garden.





Due to their size (huge!) and colour (obvious!), I must say that both flowers are real show-stoppers :-D


Do you have vines that produce big flowers like these? Please share, I would like to know!

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20 comments

  1. Such a beauty. Have a nice day. Becca

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  2. Boh, DAS IST ja Eine ganz Besondere Blüte! Gehört zu den Waldreben SIE, Clematis? Denke ja. Einige Auch hab ich im Garten, so ABER Eine schöne Nicht. Ist SIE winterhart, Wohl Nicht, leider.

    liebe Grüße Dörte

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  3. I hope this flower doesn't display carnivorous traits of a pitcher plant, otherwise so many bees and insects will be trapped... Beautiful! ~bangchik

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  4. Here in the desert, I only see small-sized flowers. Your giant flowers are delightful! The leaves look very pretty with the light shining through in the last image.

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  5. Beautiful Thumbergia blooms, Steph. They will certainly draw the attention of butterflies to stop by for a visit to your garden!

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  6. The only climbers I have are Nepenthes, Bleeding Heart Vine, Passion Flower and Mandevilla, but only Mandevilla and passion Flower have quite big blooms.

    Nice chalice vine though. I've seen it everywhere in Johor and it get's huge! Hope they grow well for you. I love the thumbergia too! They grow like weeds in my school.

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  7. They're beautiful! You're lucky to have a mom that knows a good plant that should be propagated.

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  8. The challice vine and thunbergias are really beautiful, thanks to your knowlegeable mom. Your are so lucky!

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  9. I've always loved the skyflowers! I just saw the chalice vine a couple months ago in south florida and they were amazing! Its neat to see a bloom on such a small plant too.

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  10. That's amazing. You got this big, gorgeous flower from a clipping.
    I love gardening, but just don't have a green thumb.
    Brad

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  11. Impressing, that such a small plant/ wine can produce a flower that size, a beautiful one as well. They are both so pure and white, congratulations, nice gifts from your mother's neigbours :)

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  12. Such a lovely and big flower!

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  13. I do have a few vines but none with such spectacular,huge blooms. I'd love to grow a chalice vine some day. Both your plants look happy:)))

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  14. Hi Steph. My Chalice Cup vine is about thirty feet long and growing. It roots everywhere and is can easily take over an entire area. The flowers themselves are quite lovely, though.

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  15. That IS a showstopper! And on a vine too - I'd love to have that!

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  16. I have seen very few vines in general, in Puerto Rico. With big flowers even less.

    Perhaps the most used are all Allamandas and Mandevillas. Excellent post. Vines are not discussed as they should, in my opinion. At least not in Puerto Rico where they are under used.

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  17. I forgot to mention that in my garden, I prefer vines/climbers that look smooth, flow with the wind. The stiff
    types are not welcome.

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  18. No vines. But in the wild, we have mountain Clematis that is pretty. Not as big and gorgeous as yours though. Good pics!

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  19. Thanks for your thoughts!

    This thunbergia is really a good plant to have even if your area rains a lot. Although the flowers will get crushed by heavy downpour but very quickly another bloom will open. Nowadays, the nurseries sell them in hanging baskets as well - pefect for any balcony or patio! The only drawback is that you have to keep an eye on the growth - I have to keep training the vine back to the trellis.

    In contrast, the Chalice flower was like glued to its stem. Heavy downpour will not crush the flower. Also, the vine grows rather slowly. Btw, Bangchik, nope the flower does not eat insects he he...

    Happy gardening!

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  20. I have actually encountered the yellow one (i don't know the common name,but i saw in Autumn Belle's comment it is chalice vine). I have photos of it too from another's garden. Thunbergia gigantica and T. alata are very common here too. When planted to make roof trellises, they make beautiful shades on the porch with hanging beautiful flowers. Some resorts here do that and it makes really as you said "show-stopper"!

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