First BloomsTuesday, February 22, 2011
Hibiscus Red Shield flower is not big in size but it's certainly big in attraction with its light pink colour that is quite different from other brightly coloured flowers of Hibiscus plants in my garden.
I am pleasantly surprised that its flowers blossom just about 3 months after sowing its seed. The growth rate is same as my Hibiscus Swamp Mallow.
But the flower shows its 'displeasure' once the sunray hits on it. The bloom is shortlived as it closes by afternoon...
The following plant is commonly known as Brown Spiderwort or Bear's Ears. The plant has wonderful 'furry' foliage and purple flowers. As it is not a popular plant, it was not easy for me to find its name! The plant is native to Eastern Brazil... sounds exotic?
I got this plant last November. It has been doing fine in the bright shade. A few weeks ago, I moved it to a spot in the deeper shade. The plant does not like it.
Just a week in the deeper shade, some of its leaves in the centre turned yellow. Hence the plant is less bushy now. The flower in the pic is its first bloom after growing this plant for about three months. What's your experience with this plant?
I stumbled upon this Purple Velvet Plant last September. This plant also has furry leaves! The pic below was taken in late January. The plant requires clipping quite frequently as the vine tends to grow leggy pretty fast.
Recently, all its stems and leaves just went lifeless, so I cut back the plant. I am keeping my fingers crossed for the plant to bounce back although the chance seems pretty slim. I think underwatering was the cause of the problem.
On a hindsight, I should have grown another plant using its cutting. Earlier, I had propagated new plants (but in the same pot... sigh!) using its discarded stems. They grew easily.
Here are some flowers that are blooming in my garden... Gazania, Begonia Fibrous, Scarlet Sage, Pentas, Hydrangea, Angelonia and Blue Daze.
I am begining to love the Gazania more than Gerbera Daisy as it reblooms faster and nicer. Gerbera Daisy reblooms slower and when a flower bud is opening during cloudy/rainy days, the bloom will end up looking 'under-developed'.