Category Archives: images of flowers

Hibiscus: Flower of the Day, Dec 13, 2018

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This beauty greeted me when I left my kitchen this morning. It is dinner-plate sized!  But, I spotted foam on one of the leaf joints and saw a bud that had been chewed off and was lying on a leaf below.  Sure signs of spittle bugs.  Went to town to buy habanero chilis and garlic.  Blended 1/2 cup of the habaneros and 6 cloves of garlic with two cups of water and will leave for 24 hours, then combine with dish soap and spray on the plant.  A non-toxic to the environment (other than spittle bugs) solution to these hibiscus-eaters.

For Cee’s FOTD.

Xmas so Far

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The tree is finally up and decorated. (My plan to leave it decorated and just wrap it up didn’t work as well as it did last year. I had to rehang most of the ornaments, but at least the lights were up.) The little planter and succulent were a gift from Yolanda.  She got it on her Mexico City trip. The vase is just 4 inches high and has an interesting story behind it.  I had seen one exactly like it but a foot high in a shop in Sheridan, Wyoming and loved it but knew I could never get it back to Mexico intact. I did, however, take a photo of it which has mysteriously disappeared off my photo library.  An amazing coincidence, as I hadn’t shown the photo to Yolanda and had no idea it came from Mexico.  It is adorable and is sitting now on my desk.  The painting was a birthday gift from my friend Glenda and the flowers were a welcome home gift from my house sitter, Brad.

 

Chrysanthemum: FOTD Dec 11, 2018

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One of a flock of lovely flowers on my desk when I returned from Acapulco. Thanks, Brad.

For Cee’s FOTD

Coloration in Poinsettias: FOTD Dec 10, 2018

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I was curious about all the new colors of poinsettias I’ve been seeing this year so I did a bit of research and found this explanation by Walter Reeves. You can find a link to his website below.  Here is what I read: 

The process of making a colored poinsettia is interesting. Growers start with a plant with light colored (white or pink) bracts. You’re probably aware that the colored parts of a poinsettia are not true leaves – they are modified leaves, called bracts, that serve to attract insects to the tiny yellow flowers at the tip of each branch.

Special dyes are sprayed onto the bracts a few days before the poinsettias are shipped to the retailer. Glitter may be applied as well. A spotted effect is achieved by sprinkling alcohol onto the dyed bracts.

Dyes are available in many colors, so plants can be dyed to match indoor decor or even your college football team colors!

Poinsettia bracts will naturally fall from the plant as it ages this spring. If you keep your plant alive it will produce bracts with the “natural” light color the plant had originally.

On another site, I found this information about what are natural colors for poinsettias: The colored bracts . . .  are most often flaming red but can be orangepale greencreampinkwhite, or marbled

http://www.walterreeves.com/gardening-q-and-a/poinsettia-dyed-purple/

for Cee’s FOTD