Latest, Greatest, Smallest...Saturday, December 04, 2010
Hibiscus Swamp Mallow bloom is the biggest flower in my garden thus far. The flower is bigger than my palm!
While the bud takes a number of days to form, the flower closes fast after opening in the morning. By late morning, once the sun is bright, the bloom will begin to close.
Hydrangea flower bracts are the most long lasting. They can last for about three months. The colour will be light purple at first (the pic below shows the latest bloom) and will slowly turn light pink.
At the last stage, the flower bracts will turn light green with a pink blush. I am glad to report that the plant has not stopped blooming since it started flowering in September :-)
The smallest bloom is from my Poinsettia. They add beauty to the flower bracts. However, no more is left this week as they have all dropped off already :-(
Recently, I have added Bougainvillea to my garden. After some pruning, the bracts quickly grew back. However, after a few heavy rainfalls, all its white with pink blush bracts are gone...
Another fast blooming plant is the Petunia. Earlier the blooms have more white in its flower... probably due to the recent rainy days and cooler than usual evenings, the flower has more blue than white.
Ipomoea Blackie... its foliage is as attractive as its flower, a sure winner in any garden!
Meanwhile my Guzmania bloom looks like it can last for another month :-D
Btw in the first pic above is my Aloe Vera, the biggest succulent in my garden ;-)
Have a great December!