Red Pops!Wednesday, March 09, 2011
I was away over the weekend and on Monday morning, I was delighted to find my Desert Rose blooming again! This is only the second time the plant is blooming :-)
The first flush of flower buds didn't open fully as they were all crushed by a heavy rain a few months ago. I was quite dissappointed as I didn't have the chance to see the actual colours of the flower. But now for this second flush of blooms, I am glad they are alright!
When I bought the little plant more than a year ago, I just hoped by faith that the flower will not be a common pink one as I already have Desert Rose in common pink and yellow... and now a red one, yipee :-D
My Gloxinia and dwarf Dahlia meanwhile are back to grace the garden! I love to watch how their little buds grow to form double flowers. Their tubers don't seem like they require 'rest' here. They re-grew and re-flowered after cut back (Gloxinia cut back to the soil level and Dahlia to one-third of plant height after they finished flowering) almost immediately.
The flowers of the pink miniature Azalea (pic below) used to be like the white ones - ruffled tissue paper. Now, its petals are bigger, rounder and open up to reveal stamens of its flower. I hope the white flowers will do the same later - they will be prettier ;-)
Christmas Kalanchoe flourish better in the bright shade even if the plant receives a few hours of direct sunlight. I planted one out in the open. Our hot sun and heavy rains prove to be too harsh for the plant. However, when the plant is placed in the shade, I have to be really careful with watering!
And these Hyacinth and Orchid flower buds... not much progress after two weeks of waiting for the flowers. I was told the blooms are going to be red. So, please blossom soon...
I always forget to mention about these plants: dwarf Ixora, Euphorbia Milii and Dianthus. They are ever-blooming flowers :-D
Have a great week!