First: one of my two Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel'. They're itty bitty - barely over 12 inches high - but they have 3-4 buds with each flush, and the flowers are about 5" big.
|Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel'|
The foliage isn't as dark as I'd hoped, but maybe when it gets bigger? We'll see if they survive the summer - they're a known risk.
Canna 'Blueberry Sparkler' seems finally to have decided it wants to live;
|Canna 'Blueberry Sparkler'|
If I were that Canna I'd feel a little self-conscious about my foliage, seeing as how it's catty-corner from the Canna 'Flambe'. But Canna 'Flambe' has no blooms to speak of, so I guess we all have our gifts.
And finally, the blooms I feared would never manifest: Brugmansia 'Double White'.
|Brugmansia 'Double White'|
[I'm kind of digging the collage feature in Picasa, if it isn't obvious from my recent posts.]
I had to google 'Brugmansia bloom' because it kept getting taller and leafy-er, but showed no inclination to do much else. Turns out the secrets are:
- Fertilize excessively
- Prune off foliage below the Y
That's all I did differently, and 2 weeks later I got blooms out the wazoo! Thanks Trumpetflowers.com!
Umm, is there a designated Garden Blogger's Day of Mourning or Fond Farewells? I'm still working through my emotions over the suddenly-dead Lamb's Ear, and the Passion Vine 'Incense' stripped of all its leaves by caterpillars. ALL of them. I better see some awesome freakin' butterflies....