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Got a good reason For taking the easy way out


The colors of the rainbow....

...and I continue with the cleaning of my photo folder:

This past week, my epiphyllum was getting ready to bloom. And of course, it being a night blooming plant, I had to get up at dark o'thirty to get photos of it. I keep saying to myself, I really need to get more of these plants for outdoors! They're so easy to grow. Hardly any upkeep, heat and drought tolerant --in fact they thrive in high temperatures. They're NOT good for outdoor plantings if your area drops below 50 at night [or daytime temps too for those in the colder temperate zones]. My two plants [one blooming as seen below] have only been taken indoors for cold air protection just very few times in the last 8 years. The blossoms are colossal and gorgeous:




Then, on to more flowering plants in our yard at this time o' year:



King's Mantel
[another drought tolerant plant and a hardy grower -- blooms in late Spring, a deep purple trumpet blossom]



A great Southern bush, the gardenia. Now, I am one of the very few who doesn't really appreciate its fragrance; being too sweet and heady for my taste, but the blossoms, such a pure white and atop all the glossy leaves, it makes a pretty showcase when blooming...




Next in line of blooming color in our yard would be the Blue Plumbago [it's one of my favorites since not too many flowers of blue/bluish color tolerate extreme heat. This is one of them tho]




...and not to add too many at one time to slow up loading time for some, this one image is of a rich ruby red petunia. And I DID NOT plant it!! It is a 'straggler'...I think perhaps some flying overhead bird helped a bit with nature and adding a bit of color right at the very spot. Earlier this Spring, when I was out pulling weeds in this flower box, I noticed the difference in leaf structure and thought it looked like petunia, so I never pulled it up. And this week, when I returned to weed again, it was blooming!!!----




...last but not least, there is always 'gold' at the end of a rainbow:


Ixora Plant


69 comments :

  1. I remember living in the south and visiting family who had a Gardenia bush. It was a very powerful scent, and I didn't like it when I was younger, but I do now. I think because it makes me nostalgic. :)

    The flowers you've showcases here are all pretty, and hurrah for gorgeous flowers that pop up, that we don't even plant!

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    1. ...you're not the only one who likes the fragrance. I remember long ago, Gardenia was popular as a scent in cologne.

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  2. These are wonderful!!! Thank you so much for being a part of I Heart Macro and sharing the love up-close:-)

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  3. A gorgeous collection of plants! Love the different perspectives of the first white flower! It looks like a super flower!

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    1. ...glad you liked this post Gemma

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  4. Wow, thanks for sharing the beauty.

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    1. ...you're welcome. Thanks for visiting as always!

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  5. Oh my goodness- what beauty you have right there in your yard! The colors are amazing and it must give all those who pass by good feelings to see them.

    I am going to be working more in our yard now that I will have more time, and I'm looking forward to it!

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    1. I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy all the 'free time'. But, be forewarned, it'll take some time getting used to the whole concept. At least it was that way for me.

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  6. Love all the beautiful blooms, especially the blue flowers/

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  7. Nice! I love the pretty "volunteer" petunia. It knew a good thing when it saw it, a nice place to settle in. I am not fond of the smell of gardenias either: too strong to really enjoy!

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    1. ...that makes two of us then!!!

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  8. Beautiful flowers, Anni! The Blue Plumbago is my favorite. Lovely colors. Happy weekend to you!

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    1. ...thanks Eileen. Hope your weekend treated you well.

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  9. They are all gorgeous Anni, but gosh that Plumbago is awesome!

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    1. ...ya, it's a favorite of mine.

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  10. I always enjoy the flowers of the south. One year when visiting relatives, I saw the blue plumbago for the first time and fell in love with the colour.

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    1. ...in some areas of town, instead of a bluish tinge, there shows some lavender!!

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  11. How pretty and what a wonderful array of color! Thanks for sharing. :)

    We look forward to seeing what is blooming in our garden when we go home in June.

    Hugs,
    Lois

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  12. Beautiful flowers! I wish all of them could grow here!

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    1. ...but Michigan has the gorgeous Tulips!! Which don't grow well here this far south.

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  13. I can just imagine entering your garden and being dazzled out of my mind with colors!

    Cactus Shadows/Sun

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    1. ...this time of year, yes, but when the sun starts to broil everything in site, it's kinda wilty and brown.

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  14. Hallo liebe Anni,

    das ist heute ein Blütenrausch hier und ganz wundervoll.
    Ich freue mich sehr darüber.

    Liebe Grüße von Mathilda ♥

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    1. 'Tilda, I can't find a link to your blog any longer? What happened to it?

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  15. Most of what you grow is exotic to me - most of what I can grow in the mountains is purple! Just the opposite of your climate.

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    1. I LOVE the Colorado columbine nestled in the shadows of the pines.

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  16. Beautiful, stunning flowers, every last one of them! I had an indoor epiphyllum - hot red - but can't remember what happened to it in all our many moves over the years.

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    1. I would LOVE to have a red one myself.

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  17. Pretty colorful stuff, Anni. That first one is so cool looking and great photos from you! It looks like some kind of relative to a cactus plant.

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    1. yes, it is...it's often called orchid cactus.

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  18. The Plumbago and the Epithelium really have me hooked! The Epithelium, I have never seen anything like it, the way it blooms, and all under over of darkness. It is truly gorgeous!!! Flowers that bloom at night do so to attract moths.

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  19. such pretty flowers, I don't know if I could pick just one as my favorite.

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    1. ...awwww, no picking of flowers allowed. [wink]

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  20. The one that blooms at night made me think of Dennis the Menace...the one with Walter Matthau playing Mr. Wilson....he had a flower bulb of some sort that only bloomed once every (not sure about the time, but it was a ridiculous amount like this) 50 years. He had been nursing this plant and had his garden society over to witness the blooming...and just when it was about to open, Dennis pushed the button on his garage door, opening the garage, which in turn turned over the buffet tables of a smorgasbord of food, which in turn turned everyones' heads away from the plant at just the precise moment it bloomed for 5 seconds, then wilted away. That was a very memorable moment in that movie. Your plant made me think of that. sorry. :)

    I happen to adore gardenias...just bought a new one and potted it and put it by my front door so that the aroma greeted anyone who comes up to visit. I guess you won't want to be coming for hot fudge sundaes anytime soon. :(

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    1. ...for a hot fudge sundae, I'm SO there!!!

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  21. the queen of the night is gorgeous and fragrant! an amazing flower. we have these flowers here, too. butterflies love the blue plumbago.

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    1. Yes, the fragrance is deliciously light and not too overpowering.

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  22. Your blooms are blue-tiful, especially the plumbago!

    Happy Blue Monday, Anni.

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    1. thank you, and thanks for hosting.

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  23. This is my first spring without a garden to photograph so I am enjoying yours!

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  24. You have quite a beautiful collection of flowers.

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    1. ...thanks, they ARE prettified.

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  25. Beautiful blooms. Have a fabulous week!

    Liz (mlc)
    Liz (yacb)

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  26. Since I am a lover of flowers, truly enjoyed seeing all your beauties. I have never seen some of them.

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed the images LV.

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    1. ...thanks. I finally found you from doing a Google Search.

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  28. Such lovely variety and that first plant is definitely worth staying up late to see! Lovely!!!!

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    1. Oh I wouldn't stay up to see it...I slept a few hours first, then got up with the alarm to not miss it. And went back to bed afterwards. LOL

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  29. What beautiful flowers you shared today. Your description about them was a bonus.
    Happy Blue Monday and Memorial Day.
    xo, Jeanne

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  30. I love to see the new plants in my yard that have been gifted to me from nature. Your flowers are quite lovely and your photos detail them nicely.

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  31. Those Epiphyllum are stunning, but I fear that Northwest Arkansas is not a suitable climate for them. They would have to become house plants, and spend very little time outdoors.
    By the way, you may be one of the few people left who still understands that this country is a Republic.

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    1. Yep....too cold outdoors there...house plant it is.

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  32. Your flowers are just so beautiful. I finally got mine in this weekend. I planted many petunias I love the aroma.

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    1. ...my dad had to have petunias every year too.

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