My visit to Dreamflower made me richer by about a dozen varieties and about sixty plants! Of course, some of them were only a little bigger than sprouts!! Pictured above is a pink flowering shrub,mums and an orchid. The most knowledgeable person wasn't around so I don't know the exact names. I fell for this bromeliad pictured next to rain lilies and Mexican Heather. Although I already have M.H. the thought of all those butterflies made me buy some more! Also in the picture is a shrub whose leaves are supposed to be yellow and showy. Right now it's a very defiant green!! Another Ixora--it's the dwarf variety and white. Couldn't resist the fact that it's attractive to humming-birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators. The bed I was working on...I'd bought gladioli bulbs last month and had planted them in a wooden planter because this bed wasn't ready. The marigolds and chrysanthemums are all here...looks pretty crowded but there's no more space! I've also planted rain lilies on the border. The rocks do not look too good at the moment but I hope once the plants grow, they'll blend into the 'bed-scape'. Yet to be planted are a dozen hollyhocks and four 'hot' chilli plants. Here's a sapling of a pepper vine. As for the orchid I've tied it to a palm tree. Around this rock, some colour... This nasturtium with variegated leaves will have red blooms. I'm hoping to let it trail on a rocky path! I also got portulaca in two colours--peach and yellow. I'd already prepared the soil in the hanging baskets earlier. It was lovely to see them blooming the next morning. On a smaller bed I,ve planted phlox,dianthus and petunia. But nothing would thrive without our black gold! Although I use a lot of leaves for the beds, the great nourisher looks like this... dry,crumbly and dark! Cowdung manure works wonders! The day after I'd bought the plants, the person who brings it in a cart like this,turned up. In this picture, he's unloading the manure in my frontyard. Garden telepathy, I must say!! I hope you enjoyed going through the list of plants....
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau