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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – May 2012

May 15, 2012

Still lots of violas on the balcony – they haven’t been happy with the heat we’ve had recently, but except for one plant that I’ve already cut back, they’re still going strong.

This one changed colour – it was originally pure red. This is even prettier, but I hardly ever see it, because the rosemary is in the way.

If you’ll excuse me for including a previously-posted picture – just about the only plant I’m only growing for its flowers now that the poppy anemones have succumbed to the heat:

Oxalis should theoretically be edible, but all right, I do grow them mostly because they’re pretty:

Peas, on the other hand, are definitely grown for food, but they do have pretty flowers:



The ‘Golden Sweet’s just missed GBBD – I expect they’ll start blooming in a day or two.

Almost all the tomatoes are blooming:

Isn’t that flower just absolutely perfect?

I had a customer last week who was very worried that she was doing something wrong because her chives were blooming – I had to spend quite some time reassuring her that this is quite normal. And personally, I love the flowers:

The pineapple sage is in full bloom:

It doesn’t seem to mind the ants that have been biting holes into the flowers so as to get at the nectar more easily. They’re annoying little critters (and I finally had to declare war when they invaded my kitchen), but they’re pretty smart!

And – last (from the balcony), but not least:

This newest flower on my new Passiflora vitifolia opened just yesterday, and could it be any more perfect?

There are more flowers indoors, but I haven’t been able to take pictures of all of them. Partly because early in the morning and late in the evening, when I am at home, the light isn’t bright enough to take good pictures, and partly because the flowers simply aren’t open when I’m at home, as with the Oxalis megalorrhiza and the purple Easter Cactus (I got a second one of them to bloom after all – better than it looked at first, when I thought only one of my three would rebloom, but still not nearly as good as last year.) The Begonia corallina has a couple of buds, but no real flowers yet.

The Abutilon in the bedroom, starting to bloom again just in time for GBBD:

Sorry for the kind of weird colour of the leaves – I had to fiddle with the picture to get the flower looking right (it was much too pale) and that made the leaves too dark/reddish.

Plenty of flowers, too, on my most recent plant purchase – Hoya bella:

Such pretty flowers – the only downside is that I practically have to sit under the plant and look up to see them. If that isn’t an argument for putting it into a hanging basket, I don’t know what is.

And finally, tiny but cute – when I take the time to look at them – Ledebouria socialis.

Phew. And now, to bed, to bed – another long day of more or less idiotic customers ahead tomorrow.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 15, 2012 22:38

    Beautiful photograph, they made my day thanks for sharing,

  2. May 16, 2012 17:30

    I discovered my chives are blooming too, but I made that discovery after garden bloggers’ bloom day. Doh!

    • May 16, 2012 20:05

      That’s the problem with GBBD, isn’t it – it’s only once a month!

  3. May 18, 2012 13:38

    I love that passion vine!

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