I have decided to join the blogging craze. I am looking forward to taking a moment to find out a little more about the plants I have been photographing. I hope to explore all aspects of plants, flowers, trees and other garden related topics. Sorry about having to watermark the photos but there are a lot of people using them without permission.
Recently I found a “roll” of black and white shots from last
year. Shooting the picture in monochrome is usually always better than a
software conversion of a color shot to me. Black and white photos of flowers
can be interesting even though you lose one of the greatest properties of
Over the last several years we have pretty much stopped
growing Cannas. That broke my heart since I truly love the vibe they bring to
the garden. A big, bold plant that is still relatively well behaved. Now that a
lot of cultivars are almost self deadheading it really is a good maintenance
free plant. They are available in a wide range of colors and cultivars. The
flower color for ‘Richard Wallace’ is not that appealing. Kind of a dusty
yellow/orange. It is still a strong growing cultivar with good foliage.
Phalaenopsis Orchid Phalaenopsis
Spray of Moth Orchids, recently seen. I miss my days in the
Orchid House. The 70/70 conditions (70 deg. F and 70% humidity) are not
replicated anywhere else in my life. Also the smell of the orchid bark and the
joy of coaching a spray of flowers out of an uncooperative, finicky orchid
species. If you want to know more about Phalaenopsis click the tag they have
been shown here many times. A lot of people find them to be pedestrian but I
think they are beautiful and reliable.
It’s kind of whacky picture day here at Digital Flower
Pictures.com. I was just going through some old shots and found a couple that I
liked. The weather here today is terrible and it was fun to look back at some
travel pictures. The first one is from the world famous Tucson Botanical Garden. The structure had some tender plants inside. I would recommend a visit
if in the area.
Common Coral Tree Erythrina lysistemon
Synonyms: Cry Baby Tree, Lucky Bean Tree
This is just an oddball shot of this tree blooming in San
Diego, California. They were all over Hawaii too, especially the big island.
The color contrasted nicely here.
Hybrid Tea Rose ‘Brandy’
Registration name: AROcad
Breeder: Swim and Christensen
Parentage: First Prize X Golden Wave
Awards: 1982 AARS Award winner
This has been a great variety of rose. The weather here
somewhat cooperated with rose growing last season. By the looks of it the
winter won’t be too harsh on them either. I will probably go out and check
today as some of the bushes maybe waking up. I have noticed several plants
whose buds are starting to swell. I like to remove the heavy mulch from roses
as they emerge. There are a couple of Witch Hazels (Hamamelis)
in full bloom now and they seem to be fairly reliable for February bloom here
in Connecticut. The recent really cold temperatures didn’t seem to have a great
effect on their floral show.
The second photo here caught an interloper on one of the
petals. An adult spotted cucumber beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata), which I
didn’t realize was such a pest. It chews up the flowers, leaves and pollen of many
species of plants, particularly loving members of the Sunflower family. There
is usually minimal damage unless present in large numbers.
Clematis is one of the vines we always get requests for but
not many people know how to grow it.After 30 years of trying I have to admit I am still a bit stumped but
have developed some general rules for success. One thing that these plants seem
to like is a ‘hot top, cool bottom.’ Which implies exactly that, the roots like
to be shaded by other shrubs or mulch but the leaves need a lot of sun to
Each type of Clematis seems to have it’s own likes about
flowering on new wood or getting cut back completely. Often times the varietal
names are lost so you have to guess what they want. My way is to wait until
spring and see what part of the plant has been killed by winter and prune to
that spot. It is also a plant that I install slightly deeper then most other
plants. Covering one or two buds under the soil seem to help it establish
This 2010 introduction is from Raymond Evison, who has been
breeding and introducing Clematis for over 50 years now. They have some very
distinctive and showy types. Raymond seems to be one breeder that doesn’t rush
varieties to the market, which is a welcome change.
Clematis is generally a pain in the butt to grow but is one of
those plants if it likes the conditions it grows very well. If it doesn’t like
them it struggles and eventually peters out. They are also subject to Clematis
wilt, which often takes the plant out just before it flowers. The only way I
have found to slow the wilt down is with a couple of well timed fungicide
applications early in the season and that doesn’t always work. In general you
can help the plants by watching your watering timing and keeping the area
around the stems clean (good fall clean up). The fungus kills the top but
usually leaves the roots alive.