Six on Saturday – Morning Finds

It’s time for another Saturday morning walk around my garden. The heat and moisture lovers are lifting thier heads and showing their colors.

This is a Silver Urn Bromeliad, most people call these Fasciata, as the botanical name is Aechmea fasciata. I associate these with the Atrium trend from the eighties when these were commonly used as a long lasting color plant in interiorscapes. This one flowers and produces pups every other year in my garden.

Another tropical that enjoys humidity, the Choconiana Parrotflower (Heliconia psittacorum). I am wondering what Choconiana is??

A little less tropical but another seasonal indicator, the flowers on the Beautyberry (Calliocarpa americana) signal the start of summer. On the flip side, the lurid purple berries, borne around Labor Day, mark the end of summer..

The architectural buds on a Soap Aloe (Aloe saponaria). I think these were inspired by a few rounds of thundershowers this week. The foliage bases have greened up as well. It is possible I fertilized them and forgot about it…

Another architectural plant, the Bridal Bouquet Frangipani (Plumeria pudica), started flowering this week and will most likely continue until November. This is a semi evergreen, columnar variety of Frangipani. I have a number of these as they are great accent plants around fences and narrow spaces. They are lightly fragrant at night.

A little foliage to end this Saturday’s walk. This is Goudaea ospinae, no idea of the common name. It used to be called Vriesea ospinae gruberi. It’s a varigated Bromeliad and adds a lot of color to deep shade. This supposedly will flower with yellow spikes. I was wondering how much shade it would take, so it has been sitting in its pot in the shade garden for at least two years, another incredibly hardy Bromeliad.

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Happy Gardening!!


26 comments on “Six on Saturday – Morning Finds

  1. It’s always a treat to see your beautiful blooms, have a happy weekend!

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  2. You have such lovely flowers, great to see them.


  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Those heat lovers really shine. I esp. love the shot of the Goudaea ospinae, what a beauty. I’ve never before looked that closely at beautyberry flowers, they are pretty cool-looking!

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  4. Rosie Amber says:

    I always enjoy visiting your garden as I could never grow any of these plants in my cool climate. The parrot plant is lovely, as are all the rest.

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  5. You have a nice selection of tropicals this week. The heat is on.

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  6. fredgardener says:

    I had a Plumeria pudica and I must say that your photo is really perfect! Another plant that grows here quite easily is callicarpa. A few more weeks and it will be in bloom like yours.
    On the other hand, the Choconiana Parrotflower and Aechmea are really plants that need heat and humidity and there is not enough of it here…

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  7. Jim Stephens says:

    I smiled wryly at the description of Goudaea as an incredibly hardy Bromeliad, being fairly sure it wouldn’t last long outside in an English winter. Then again, some things we’d describe the same way would succumb to your heat in short order. It’s lovely to see all your unfamiliar plants though and get a reminder of how diverse the world of plants is.

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  8. Oh my, what beauties! I love your pure white plumeria best of all, a foil to my black pansy perhaps? Have a great week x

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    Beautyberry! Rad! Mine are foliated, and should likely be canned into something larger. These are my first, so will be interesting. They are not native here.
    I sort of recognize the Plumeria pucida, but it is not the common sort that grows into a small tree in Los Angeles. That species has flowers that are more blushed. Nor is it the white cultivar that I really want to grow. I believe that it lacks the yellow spot in the middle.

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  10. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Another collection of fabulous and interesting tropical plants! It will be interesting to see the Soap Aloe buds when they emerge.

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  11. A beautiful selection of tropical plants. Your Beautyberry is very intriguing.

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  12. March Picker says:

    Thank you for the sweet visit to the tropics. It is much appreciated as I sit here in my wool sweater and wool socks. 😉

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  13. Cathy says:

    The Frangipani flowers are beautiful and seem cool and unruffled by your heat and humidity. Thanks for sharing your tropicals. Always fascinating to see what grows in your garden!

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