Strange Discoveries

Friday, November 01, 2013

My fake plant died because I did not pretend to water them -- Mitch Hedberg

Some gardeners like to have a fake flower or two in their garden. I was walking pass a house last week and saw a strange flower (not the pic below!) growing out from a cute little bush. At a split of a second, my friend and I concluded that it was a fake flower. We continue our walk and didn't think much about it. 

Actually many gardeners like to decorate their plants with plastic flowers. One of my neighbours hung up bright flower pots at their porch and those pots do get some attention. Some of my visitors do ask if they are real. What do you think of this kind of idea?

The pic below is my Sandpaper Vine (Petrea volubilis) -- not fake at all, haha... Its brilliant blooms also get lots of attention :-) The true flowers in dark purple that include one petal (of five) with white splotch of certain calyces falls quickly leaving the light purple five-petalled calyx to grace the garden for a longer period of time. 

The plant that has gotten the most attention from me last week was my new fern, an Adiantum sp. The new fronds that rolled out looked just like new fronds of my other ferns. So graceful and pretty...

And I discovered that the young leaves have toothed margins. Ferns are wonderful plants. They are easy to grow and very pretty. I love them all. Read my article on ferns, click here.

I have strange Kalanchoes and notorious ones. These plantlets of a Kalanchoe sp. are weeds now. I pull them out once I see them. 

Unlike Kalanchoe orgyalis and Kalanchoe tomentosa (background), they are really adorable and very likeable. They have outstanding shape, colour and texture. 

Here is a snapshot of one part of my garden... I took the picture on a very sunny day. My orange hibiscus and Chinese Hat Plant looked too glaring...

My most awesome find of this week is my dwarf Azalea. The little shrub was so floriferous!

So is my florist Gloxinia... Yippie!!

I woke early one morning and saw my Hibiscus acetosella 'Panama Red' blossoming. This is the first time I was able to snap the flower fully opened. When the sun is up, even in the morning, the petals will be half closed.

My orange Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is ever-blooming. Sometimes they are bigger, and sometimes smaller. 

Here is a pic of my hibiscus, Chinese Hatplant, Bougainvillea and Sandpaper Vine blooms... still very outstanding although the flowers are smaller for Chinese Hatplant, Bougainvillea and Sandpaper Vine :-)

Have another great weekend!

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  1. Hi,
    I came to thanks for your visit!
    You have here a lovely place, I wish I could have beautiful flowers!
    Be blessed today!

    1. Thank you Dahlia! I appreciate your kind words. I enjoyed reading your blog :-) You have a great day!!

  2. Beautiful flowers, lovely blog !
    Thanks for the visit !
    Have a nice weekend !

    1. It is wonderful to hear from you Anna! When my plant flowers, I tend to take lots of pictures to post in my blog haha... Thanks for your visit also. May you have many creative ideas for crochet works :-)

  3. Olá,

    Obrigada por sua visita ao meu blog.
    Observo que você é amante das plantas. Também gosto muito.
    Seu jardim apresenta belas espécies de flores.
    Gosto muito do hibiscus. Tenho um num tom alaranjado em minha jardineira. Como moro em apartamento não tenho como cultivar plantas por aqui. Mas temos um 'chalé' repleto de lindas plantas e com muitas samambaias de diversos tipos.

    Beijo e ótimo final de semana.

  4. Hello,

    Thanks for visiting my blog.
    I note that you are lover of plants. I also really like.
    Its garden features beautiful species of flowers.
    I love the hibiscus. I have a an orange tone in my bib. I live in an apartment does not have to grow plants here. But we have a 'cottage' filled with many beautiful plants and ferns of various kinds.

    Kiss and great weekend.

    1. Hello Vera, I love cottage gardens. One day you must show them in your blog yeah. Also hibiscus hehe... Happy blogging :-)

  5. I have not come across people putting plastic flowers in their gardens , but it would make life a lot easier ! Don't know if it would give the same sense of satisfaction though !!

    1. I don't think I will have the same sense of satisfaction either. But if it makes life easier for those who are busy and wish to make their home pretty, then I think using the plastic flowers is something that will satisfy their needs :-)

  6. The plants look great, and I love that quote by Hedberg - it's very funny, in a quirky paradoxical way. I think fake flowers could be fun - the thing about gardening, there shouldn't be rules about taste - only about things like using pesticides, I think.

    1. I thought that was very funny as well haha... I agree with you sue catmint. We ought to accept other people's taste and yup there should be rules in gardening :-) You said that very well. Thank you. Some flowers in the garden no matter fake or not, they make the garden more wonderful.

  7. Your hibiscuses are wonderful :)
    Greetings from Poland, Ela

    1. Thank you Ela!! Glad you find those hibiscuses wonderful. The plant flourish and bloom nicely here in our gardens. Fyi the red hibiscus is our National Flower :-)

  8. I never thought about fake flowers in the garden. It would certainly add strong colours in the boring green jungle - but somehow I prefer the real ones regardless how desperate it might seemed.
    Perhaps an ornament would do the trick - that will still keep the garden integrity so to speak.
    But then - there is another rule: My Garden - My Rules...

    1. Yup, it all depends on the gardener and after all, ornaments do make the garden prettier ;-)



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