Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Flower Power: GBBD May 2012

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Established Plants

Rock Rose (Pavonia lasiopetala)

 Pink Rain Lily (Zephyranthes rosea)

 Mexican Honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera)

White Shamrock (Oxalis crassipes 'Alba')

 Pink Shamrock (Oxalis crassipes 'Rosea')

Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus africanus)

 Oakleaf Hydrangea 'Alice' (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alice')

 Aztec Arrowhead (Sagittaria montevidensis)

Red Yucca's (Hesperaloe parviflora)

Wall Iris (Iris tectorum)

Crinum (species unknown)

Potted Plants

Peanut Cactus (Echinopsis chamaecereus)

 Ground Orchid (Spathoglottis plicata)


Indoor Plants

Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis sp.)


  1. Those little ants sure enjoy the rock rose. I'm thankful for that tough plant since it will give some blooms in shady conditions. Nice this bloom day that our gardens are enjoying another rain shower.

  2. Lots of exotic blooms! That Aztec Arrowhead is pretty great, and I love the pink rain lily (mine are standard white). Do you feed the crinum at all? I've got mystery foliage at the new house that I think might be crinum, but no flowers yet.

    1. Not typically; but try to occasionally hit everything with seaweed or compost tea - but have been lax so far this year. Have heard that crinums, when undisturbed, do better as the years progress. My older front bed ones sometimes go through 3-4 waves of short-lived blooms; my newer backyard ones have yet to ever flower.

  3. I love that photo of the begonia.

  4. Pavonia is one of my favorite plants. And I love agapanthus, but don't grow it. Your pink rain lily and oakleaf hydrangea are beautiful, too. Happy GBBD!

  5. Your photos are always so gorgeous, Ronnie. We have so many plants in common, of course, in our shady yards, but somehow I've missed Mexican Honeysuckle for the shade! And then it was on "Plant of the Week" segment on CTG this week, so the universe must be telling me to get this plant. Yours looks awesome. And my Oakleaf Hydrangea is behind yours; one bud coming out but not in bloom yet. How old is your plant? Mine is only a couple years old yet. Missed you at our gatherings!

    1. Planted the Hydrangea in the fall of 2010 - so its closing in on two years old. This has been its best bloom by far (several bloom clusters on last year's new growth). Not sure if it's variety makes any difference (mine is 'Alice'). My Mexican Honeysuckle is in one of the "sunnier" portions of my yard.