Six on Saturday – Flowers

I am joining the SOS gang once again after checking out the flowers in my South Florida garden. The sun is shining and the weather is heating up again. I have been attentive to watering and fertilizing and have some new flowers to show.

The Chandelier plant (Medinilla cummingii) had a rough winter, not enjoying our unusually cold December weather. It has come back nicely and started flowering again. This plant usually flowers year round. This is the flower.

The fruit follows the flower and is just as ornamental. Eventually, the berries turn dark purple and become sticky. I am guessing in their native Philippines the birds eat them and distribute them in the tree tops. I smashed some of the berries onto some big branches in the trees in my garden last summer and nothing happened..

I am enjoying my recently planted Salvias tremendously. The sun was hitting the Black and Bloom Salvia as I walked outside this morning and I had to snap a photo.

Roman Red Salvia is also shining.

Our native Tropical Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea) sometimes appears in white. This amazingly hardy plant is happy with Blue Daze Evolvulus at its feet.

More blue and white flowers. White Flame and Mystic Blue Salvia.

Wishing everyone sunny days and warmer weather. Thanks to Jim at http://gardenruminations.co.uk for hosting. Follow the link to see more gardens.

Happy Gardening!!

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12 comments on “Six on Saturday – Flowers

  1. fredgardener says:

    Hello, I said this last week too, but I maintain that the foliage of Black and Bloom Salvia is really superb and this week you took the intense blue flowers as well. 😎

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  2. Salvia coccinea is the best. Mine has come back from the roots and is beginning to bloom.

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  3. tonytomeo says:

    There is not much information about chandelier plant online. Is it epiphytic? Does another species of this genus inhabit your garden, such as Medinilla magnifica? I remember this from somehwere.

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    • These are called Malaysian Orchids and live in trees in rainforests of the Philippines. It is growing in orchid bark in a pot on my front porch. M. magnificas are better known and showier, but also have a tendency to drop dead suddenly. This is the only one I have, though I think it would be cool to grow them in trees.

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  4. I love the pink blooms of the Chandelier plant!!

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Medinilla is an attractive plant– leaves, flowers and fruit. I’m looking forward to growing salvias this summer!

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  6. Cathy says:

    A lovely collection again this week Amelia. The Black and Bloom salvia is stunning – what a perfect deep blue! I have just ordered a few salvias online for the summer as my cuttings all failed. I discovered a fairly new nursery that specializes in herbs and there were so many to choose from, including a yellow one called Golden Girl, so I am excited!

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