Six on Saturday – New for Spring

I am joining the SOS gang yet again looking at Spring additions to my garden. To see more Spring (and maybe some Fall) fun from fellow SOSers – visit

Fruit on the Malaysian Orchid (Medenillia cummingii). These eventually turn purple and collapse leaving a sticky substance with seeds. I have smashed the goopy stuff on trees around my garden, hoping for trees filled with Malaysian Orchids.

New pot of succulents from a visit to Pinder’s Nursery in Palm City, Florida. No clue what any of them are.

New crop of Zinnias for cutting and bedding. Apricot Profusion, Pink Cactus and Envy Zinnias to be planted out soon.

Never seen it before in my garden, Chinese Forget Me Nots (Cynglossum amiable). Grown from seed and just about to flower.

Leonitis leonurus, Lion’s Tail. I have had L. nepetifolia, an annual for a few years. These plants are somewhat difficult to establish in beach sand, so I decided to try the perennial version and grew two very slowly from seed. Catalogs say these grow to about six feet and are very drought tolerant once established. We shall see. Looking forward to orange flowers.

Copper Canyon Daisy (Tagetes lemmonii) also grown very slowly from seed and I had to buy two batches of seeds and try a couple of different sowings to get the time of year right for germination. I managed to grow two plants! This is another reportedly very drought tolerant after establishment perennial, native to the mountains of Arizona. What it will do in South Florida is anyone’s guess. It does have a strange smell and it is not like lemons. A couple by the name of Lemmon discovered the plant.

That’s the Spring update. Hoping to see more flowers soon.

Happy Gardening!!!


31 comments on “Six on Saturday – New for Spring

  1. fredgardener says:

    Amazing berries of this Malaysian orchid! What color!… I also started to sow my zinnias but they are far behind yours. Years ago ( 2015) I managed to grow leonotis leonorus seeds. Very original plant loving dry and hot weather.

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  2. Roguegarden says:

    The Malaysian orchid is incredible. I look forward to hearing whether any sprout from your tree trunks. Tagetes is a favorite of mine, but too tender to grow here.

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  3. Looks like you are ready for summer. I grew the Lion’s Tail and Chinese Forget Me Not one year and they did well.

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  4. Rosie Amber says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who has plants that they can’t name. It never used to bother me. I do enjoy reading about the different soil types that all the SOSer’s have.

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    It seems like your years of trial and error are paying off. These plants look nice and healthy. Hope they flower abundantly!

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  6. tonytomeo says:

    I could guess two of the genera of the succulents, aeonium and echeveria, but not species, and certainly not cultivar.

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  7. Cathy says:

    Is the Tagetes edible? It looks remarkably similar to my lemon verbena which I use for tea. The Zinnia plants look nice and sturdy and healthy. I will be sowing a few soon. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    • No, most people are offended by the smell…eau de cat pee. I planted Zinnias out today…and summer basil I think because of your advice to keep planting a new crop…

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      • Cathy says:

        I start my basil in June, as it just gets leggy indoors and has less aroma. A long wait! But then sowing every couple of weeks after that does mean fresh and aromatic leaves for much longer. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  8. I think fresh plants make a huge difference.


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