Colour Rules

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Orange is the prominent colour in my garden for the week when my orange Hibiscus rosa-sinensis sends out a flower or two on different days. The colour is more dominant when the vine, Chinese hat plant (Holmskioldia sanguinea) next to it is blooming at the same time. 



In the late afternoon or when the sky is cloudy, the little hat-shaped blooms are still very obvious. Perhaps that is why the yellow-bellied sunbirds like to visit and often perch on the vine. 




And here is what I consider brightest orange... a flower of my Senecio confusus 'Sao Paulo' blossoming. If not for this little bloom, I thought this vine has 'disappeared' ;-)



It has been a while since the last bloom of my Hibiscus acetosella 'Panama Red'. Though its rich red bloom is not so outstanding against its red foliage, its appearance does dazzle the eyes. 



The short-lived bloom looks cute even when it closed in the afternoon. 



Someone has identified this little coffee plant to be a variety of Coffea liberica! Since I have moved the plant out to have a bit more sun, the leaves are now growing to point upwards and smaller. In any case, I am loving the glossy dark green leaves :-D



Meanwhile the Polycias 'Dwarf Variegata' stand out in the shade even when the sun is down. Its cream and dark green colours from the variegated leaves are ever attractive!



Yellow is another eye-catching colour. Though the Monocostus uniflorus stays low just above the ground, its blooms never fail to capture attention.




With the Chinese New Year holiday just around the corner, I think I will miss seeing the gorgeous blooms of my Hippeastrum :-( Two flower stalks are growing out from the biggest bulb in this pot below.



Torenia has a tendency to burst into many dainty white blooms of late. Love them the most this time round! Not sure why. Maybe it is due to the so many blooms at one time...



I think the natural and organic colours from plants are the most wondrous. They either calm or open up the eyes. Happy discovering the many beautiful colours that are in your garden!

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21 comments

  1. Great assortment of flowers, yet again, Steph. Senecio is a very interesting genus, so many forms. I must grow a Hibiscus acetosella since yours is divine. I grew Hibiscus sabdariffa last year. The flower is not as spectacular, but you can make a drink out of the calyces.

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    1. Later let me know if H. acetosella will open longer hours where you live yeah. I have not drank H. sabdariffa drink for so long now. Maybe I should grow one as well ;-)

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    2. PS: Senecio includes succulents. Yup very interesting genus!

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  2. Gorgeous blooms, as ever, Steph ! Lovely to see such bright colours on a gloomy uk winter's day!

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    1. Thank you Jane! I am sure everything is beautiful in your garden due to your hard work :-)

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  3. Esta hibisco está espetacular, lindo.
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    1. I fell in love with that orange hibiscus at first sight hehe...

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  4. Lovely blooms! I too love hippeastrum, but their blooming periods are so short!

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    1. That's so true Mystic Dreamer. And I have to 'force' it to bloom!

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  5. Lovely plants Stephanie - especially the Hibiscus. I can clearly see why you love it so.

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    1. Thanks Angie! Glad to hear from you :-)

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  6. Oh Stephanie I adore that orange Hibiscus! For someone starved for color it is a treat for the eyes. Sure brightens up a garden.
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    1. Yes I was wondering Lona! Thank you for the link. I must have been going to your old blog. Oh my goodness!!

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  7. Your garden is perfect. Your all flowers are wonderful. It's nice to watch so beautiful colors of the flowers when it's snowing outside the window.
    Greetings

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    1. Thank you Ela!
      * . .* : *. .: * : .*. :* . : *. *SNOW . : *. : * : . . * .: * . . * : . *
      Once you get over the FREEZING, snow is Beautiful and Wonderful :-D

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  8. Definitely, color rules! Delightful to view photos of your garden :)

    I pruned hibiscus plants today; within month or so, may get beautiful blooms.

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    1. Hi Asha, I think I should be pruning mine at this time also. Thanks!!

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  9. That's flowers just suites the CNY moods! Happy Chinese New Year to you!

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    1. My red hippeastrum is in bloom now. Great colours for CNY :-)

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  10. Your hibiscus look so special, I have never seen here

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    1. The shade is just like the Sunkist orange :-)

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