Friday, June 24, 2011
Mandevilla x amabilis 'Moonlight Parfait'
Synonyms: ‘Monite’, Mandevilla x amoena
It was nice to see this tropical beauty blooming at the nursery. The color was a really nice blush pink and it seemed to be blooming heavily in its little pot. The price was too high for me to take one home but I enjoyed gazing on it briefly as I was shopping.
Mandevilla has about 100 species native to Mexico and South America. It is a fast growing tropical vine that has had many cultivars introduced. Pink and red seem to be the most popular colors but white and yellow flowered types are available too. 'Moonlight Parfait' was developed at Sperling Nursery in Calabasas, CA and introduced by Monrovia in 2001. The flowers will get pinker in colder temperatures. It grows up to 15 to 20 feet long and can be trained on fences, arbors and trellises.
This constant thundershower activity is making it difficult to get things done and have them look nice. The rose show is Sunday and they have been getting pounded by the heavy rain. It also make pruning hard because the wet branches droop down not giving the true shape of the plant.