Yeah, that's the new one. You probably don't have luck with them for the same reason I don't -- treating them too well. It seems that everyone has them here, sprawling over window and roof ledges in the baking sun and getting no attention. I think that's what they prefer.
Awww ~~ I haven't seen an autumn clematis in years. They are glorious in full bloom.
Why couldn't the deer have eaten something homely instead?
I couldn't figure out why one of the geranium buds looked so red. There were two plants in the pot I bought, so I shouldn't have been so surprised that they were different colors. The red is a really good red!
The blooms are nothing to get excited about but the aroma all over the city right now of the Sweet Olive (Osmanthus fragrans) is incredible,not too sweet or clawing. Clean and ever so subtle,almost an afterthought when passing.
The butterfly ginger bloom is a sweet perfumey smell. The rhizome or bulb of the plant,that's underground, smells somewhat like the edible ginger rhizome. The bloom of the edible ginger has little fragrance.
Anyone who is able should plant butterfly gingers. It has a lovely, universally appealing scent. I would love to get my hands on some of those Coral Nymph salvias!
Okay, I feel a little foolish about bragging about this flower, but it's been a struggle. I had an ancient packet of moonflower seeds and was thrilled when one actually germinated. The idea was that it would twine up one of the roof supports of the porch. Ha. It's a thin string with few leaves, but gamely puts out one flower at a time. Anyway, the picture came out great.
They feel like that too. Bixa really caught the texture of them beautifully. They only open at dusk and close at dawn,hence.'Moonflower'. They're in the morning glory family. Beautiful in an evening garden.
I'm so pleased with that little mystery rose. I got it at the Sunday market at the end of September and it's done very well in a big pot. The scent wafts across the porch. Here it is on the day I brought it home:
I have tons of hummingbirds, but for all the depictions of them drinking from fuchsia blossoms, they have little interest in them. They much prefer the jatropha and the salvia, which is not nearly as lushly blooming as the ones in your pictures. You can barely see it here -- some kind of microphylla.
This poor plant. I have two of them which were planted in the ground, then abruptly moved when I changed house. This one has been relatively happy, but the other one failed to thrive. I took the unhappy one out of its pot yesterday and discovered it was full of ants. Let's hope that now it will catch up to its pretty sibling.
I had trouble deciding which close-up I liked better.
I finally caught one of the hummingbirds in action. After saying above that they don't pay much attention to the fuchsia, I've seen them sipping there a couple of times since. That's not captured in this little film, though.
Not quite in "bloom" but at a stage just prior to that I love. These are planted all along one side of my house and if one looks out onto the upstairs balcony they are at about eye level.They resemble antlers to me,and have a very extraterrsetial feel about them. they also provide a great privacy screen between the two houses and fortunately my neighbors love them. In a couple weeks they will be blooming and hundreds and hundreds of bees all over them nectaring,berries follow which the birds love. A great specimen. Tetrapanax papyriferus,Rice Paper Plant