Sunday, July 26, 2009

Three California Flowers


Three California Flowers
Nemesia Hybrid
NemesiaJuicy Fruits Papaya'
(ne-MEE-see-uh)

These pictures were taken last winter and all three flowers are from the Carlsbad, California area. Nemesia is an annual that seems to be able to bloom all summer but really likes it when it is a little cooler. It was fun to see this flower in CA and then be able to buy it for the garden in Connecticut a couple of months later. I think our Nemesias need a little more sun they have been blooming well but seemed a little stretched. The different varieties of Nemesia really add a nice color range to containers and they are fragrant. Here is a link to Nemesia at the Proven Winners site. There seems to be some new introductions coming. I hope they keep introducing more of them so that Nemesia gets more popular.

Nemesia is the Scrophulariaceae family. It includes about 4,000 species of plants. Many are popular for garden use including Digitalis, Snapdragons and Monkey Flowers. Two annuals that I really like in the family are Bacopa and Angelonia. There are several root parasitic species including one with out chlorophyll.

Since it is Today’s Flowers here are a couple of extra flower pics. The first is a Striped Rose. I couldn’t find the name of it. It had kind of an orange tint to it, which was a little different than the Striped Roses I have seen before.


Finally here is another annual.


Hybrid Flowering Tobacco
Nicotiana alata 'Hummingbird Appleblossom'
Synonyms: Jasmine Tobacco, Flowering Tobacco

This annual is slowly making a come back. It seemed to be a lot more popular several years ago. This variety is a lot better compared to the limited colors you could get before. ‘Hummingbird Appleblosssom’ has larger flowers on a dwarf plant both of which are pluses in my book.

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13 comments:

Mia N said...

Lucky you to live in California.Allways warm.
I like your Striped Rose.

VALKYRIEN said...

Gorgeous photos of beautiful flowers! The rose is really striking! I have seen roses with stripes like that only once. Really wonderful, your rose!

Janet said...

What a pretty rose!!

i beati said...

I love them all Sandy

Denise said...

Beautiful flowers, love to learn about different ones. Thank you for sharing them.

Naturegirl said...

I love to grow Nemesia in my summer posts..usually white or blue..but I LOVE this yellow/white variety! All your photos I've enjoyed! Thank you!

mkreider said...

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DigitalShutterMania said...

Wow.. your flow shots are superb.

Amanda Moore said...

Lovely photos I am here in So Calif and the Camilla are a favorite of most here but I like the first one. Monkey flower is very popular in the scrub areas and is a lovely wildflower along with eggs and butter (a relative I believe)but I have never seen Nemesia it is fascinating!

SandyCarlson said...

Nemesia is a lovely word. It sounds like summer. These colors are wonderful (of course).

Ladynred said...

These are beautiful flowers! Thanks for visiting.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Your flower photos are beautiful! I love the fragrance of Nicotiana. I haven't had any in my garden for some time. Next year, perhaps.

Greyscale Territory said...

Gorgeous and interesting flowers! The striped rose is especially fascinating!