Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Chasing Ruby Tuesday


red bougainvillea being trained on our fence

 Pedilanthus tithymaloides 

 they look like sleeping birds, nectar is inside that cap near the stem-end

Heliconia rostrata is a usual dry season character near our gate. I cut the tops of those crotons for the heliconia to have full showing. They will stay there even when the rainy season already started in May. They don't disappoint the gardeners for their long life, showy inflorescence, beautiful colors and they can thrive on neglect.

Ruby Tuesday 2  NEW LOGO III

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12 comments:

  1. Beautiful blooms all.

    Happy Gardening ~ FlowerLady

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  2. The Pedilanthus tithymaloides are such unique flowers - I've never seen them before.'I like how you train your red bougainvillea on the chain link fence. Heliconia rostrata grows into huge clumps in my garden too and can tower over 10 feet high.

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    1. I guess you might just not been acquainted with the pedilanthus flowers, but it is a very common plant in Malaysia too, thriving on neglect. A lot of them at My Nice Garden Chat post this. H rostrata i think should be planted in poor well-drained soil, so it wont be so tall and chaotic. Maybe ours are planted in naturally fertile grounds. I saw this along the roadside somewhere and it is growing maybe just 3ft, and i love it better that size.

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  3. Lots of lovely red, especially the huge clump of Heliconia rostrata.

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  4. How beautiful ! all of them ! I love red flowers !

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  5. What lovely flowers! I especially love the detail in your close-up.

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  6. Hi Andrea! I'm glad I read at least part of your sidebar, and saw who you are. I like the look of your new blog. I enjoyed seeing your lovely red blooms.

    You asked me on my post if I take the leaves out of the flower beds. Yes, I have been raking most of them out. I like to leave a few in there to provide a little mulch.

    Happy Gardening!

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    1. Hi Sue, I am glad too that you saw this site, actually it is also not new anymore. I asked about the leaves because i was thinking getting rid of them entails a lot of man-hours.

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  7. those flowers are definitely great for ruby Tuesday post.

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  8. Beautiful reds....here we are melting another foot of snow and finally warming into the 40s and low 50s.

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  9. i haven't seen the Pedilanthus tithymaloides before--indeed, they look like tiny birds.:p
    i love heliconias in bloom...but they can be invasive. my aunt's garden looks a forest because of heliconias.:p

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  10. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos, just gorgeous!

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