In Bloom

Friday, August 23, 2013

Some flowers stay open for days, and some open and close within the same day itself. Regardless, they are ever-alluring! 

They are attractive in their own ways. Some blooms have brilliant colours, some have fantastic structure and shape while others have bewitching scent. I love them all :-D 



The Dwarf Ixora plant in the background of the pic below is one of those plants that will just flower non-stop. The shade of the pink, though not deep, is very outstanding against the glossy green leaves. These days when the weather is more moderate, it flowers a lot better and I am seeing lots of pinks all over the short shrub. In the foreground is my orange Hibiscus, my bright Sunkist bloom :-)




The side view of the Hibiscus blooms is quite amazing. Don't they look like flying saucers or spinning tops?



Hibiscus has been one of my favourite flowers. My neighbour's mum must have noticed it. One day, she brought me a Hibiscus she propagated herself using a stem cutting. She told me it is a very beautiful pink Hibiscus. I got a little worry when I saw that the bud was red...



But when it opened, I was so thrilled to see the flower and it is indeed a gorgeous pink one! Below is the first bloom of the plant... 



So, my Hibiscus rosa-sinensis collection has extended now with this Double Pink one. Pic below shows its second bloom...



Small blooms that grow in clusters like the white Plumbago are always a welcoming sight to behold. They look light and graceful. Love to see them popping up from the container at the side of my garden. 



These twinkling stars are the blooms of my Serissa foetida. They are more obvious when more flowers appear at the same time. It's a delight watching them especially in the mornings when the sun is not too harsh.



The scent of the blooms of Hoya publicalyx is very strong in the night. They always make me amazed when they put out a show like this... 

Hey, I have never pampered this vine, I just let it flourish itself...



Four o-clocks have sweet scent as well! They blossom in the evenings and fade by the next morning yet never go unnoticed as they have bright colours also besides the scent.



Have a great week!

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16 comments

  1. I love hibiscuses but they are prone to pests.

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    1. Oh yes Mystic Dreamer! Getting rid of those pests is an on-going battle. Certain hibiscuses are more prone to pest attack than others. Sometimes I even thought of getting rid of the plant itself... LOL.

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  2. your flower are all bright and full with colors.. your days must be very cheerful this week! happy weekend!

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    1. Last night I was still smelling the sweet fragrance from the hoya :-) The flowers made my day great and of course you make my day happy as well. Thank you for dropping by Wanie! Cheers, Stephanie

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  3. A beautiful selection - your Hibiscus are gorgeous, how I wish these wonderful plants would live here in Scotland :)

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    1. Just visited your lovely garden blog Angie. I wish to live in your country as well! Then I will be able to grow more flowers... sweet ones and meet sweet people like you :-)

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  4. Your pink double-petalled Hibiscus is indeed gorgeous. Its great to have such thoughtful neighbours with green fingers too. Your Hoya is gorgeous too. It looks like a vine worthy of planting and nurturing.

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    1. The hoya took a long time to flower but once it started to blossom, it flowers non-stop ;-) It is indeed a rewarding vine to grow!

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    2. I've always seen it nurseries but they only have a few blooms besides having a very delicate vine. I've given it a miss many times as I thought I could not plant it as a sturdy stem.

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    3. Hoya requires a support for it to climb. Look at how my mum grew her hoya...
      http://stephgreenspace.blogspot.com/2009/07/hoya-in-bloom.html
      She had it cover the fence.

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  5. I really enjoy the colours of your garden.
    They always look cheerful and bright.
    Truly inspiring to see the Hoya.. I'm jealously waiting mine to grow & bloom.

    And a white plumbago.. Wow! I didn't know they exist...
    (but I prefer the blue one..hehehehehehe)
    Somehow I find blue is a rare colour for flowers.

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    1. Your garden is as colourful too James! Thank you for being so encouraging!! Plumbago is indeed a brilliant choice for blue blooms and I hope your hoya will blossom soon.

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  6. I like your Hoya publicalyx flowers! Several hibiscus flowers bloomed this week and today, at our garden. The hibi flowers are like little sparks of firework; bring joy to the garden. :)

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    1. Hoya publicalyx is indeed a productive hoya, Asha. Today one of the double pink flower buds disappeared. I thought I could see two flowers on the little shrub at one time. But now, looks like I have to wait for another flush of blooms... sigh.

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    1. Hello Ela! So glad to receive your kind comment. You made my day! Actually sometimes my garden is really in a bad shape hehe... The colourful blooms made this post wonderful haha... I forward to know you better. Cheers, Stephanie

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