Six on Saturday – The Orange Challenge

Today is Halloween in the US. There is a full moon and I am staying home today…I bought this pumpkin to celebrate and challenged myself to find five additional orange things in my garden.

The Soap Aloe (Aloe saponaria) is flowering. A friend gave me one of these several years ago, now I have several and give them to friends. A native of South Africa, they can be used for shampoo – but are well known for causing allergic reactions, so I enjoy them in the garden and cut them for flower arrangements.

Dwarf Ixora (Ixora chinensis or taiwanensis) these flower nearly continuously through the summer and off and on during the winter. They are called Maui Red, but I think they are orange.

Blanchetiana Bromeliad flowers are getting bigger and bigger…sometimes called Lobster Claw, these are big Aechmeas – some are six feet tall.

Gallardias (Gallardia pulchella) just keep going. I foolishly tried to start some from seed in August, not realizing them come up in droves naturally in October…

My favorite shrub, the Firebush (Hamelia patens var patens)

I am joining The Propagator for Six on Saturday – to see more posts, visit

Orange you glad for gardens!?

Happy Gardening!!


15 comments on “Six on Saturday – The Orange Challenge

  1. That was a good idea to do orange for today. Now you got me thinking and I need to check out my flowers.

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  2. 😆😆😆Very glad! I love orange in the garden, any time of year!


  3. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Congratulations on finding six orange flowers in the garden. It’s a colour I tend to overlook for some reason, although I do have California poppies. I like the spiky flowers on your Blanchetiana bromeliad.

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Happy Halloween! Definitely a quiet holiday this year. I miss seeing the little kids in costume. Darned pandemic. 😦

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  5. Karen says:

    I thought about it and I don’t have a single plant with orange…mine tend to be in the pink to red family.


  6. March Picker says:

    Those are some nice oranges! I’m finally finishing reading the SoS group, trying to stave off election anxiety… Thanks for helping me!

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  7. tonytomeo says:

    I missed the challenge. oops. I lack orange anyway.
    Soap aloe is rad! It blooms in different seasons in different regions. I think ours bloomed a bit earlier in October, but I was not there to see it, and I do not remember when it bloomed in previous years.

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