Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Few of My Pretties Still Holding On

I have no idea what this is. This bush is growing around a tree and is about 4-5' wide and about the same in height. Can you identify it? I am assuming it is something wild.


These are my Marvel of Peru Four o'Clocks. I have been waiting on these to open for so long. They have had buds for at least 5 weeks. Finally I found them open around 10:00 on Labor Day. Why are four o'clocks only opening up in the morning and they close up about an hour later. I have other four o'clocks that open up and pretty much stay opened. Weird.

In the same pot is Cleome. Come up by accident.

Can't believe the hardiness and long blooming period of the Okra Hibuscus. I will be spreading these seeds in a concentrated spot next year for a big showing. The eye candy will be gorgeous.

Hope you are having a good week so far. It's a short one for me after a holiday on Labor Day but you'd never know it.

22 comments:

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

The Okra is really pretty. I never realized Okra had flowers like that. The first picture looks like American Beautyberry. It's not wild for us here, but I have read that in other places it is. The shrub in my yard still has green berries.

Rosemarie said...

So pretty! I like the last flower the best. :)

FlowerLady said...

I agree with Catherine, American Beautyberry. Something I've been admiring on blogs but don't have. I love 4 o'clock blooms and their scent, and your okra bloom is very pretty.

FlowerLady

Brenda Kula said...

I am indeed having a good, rainy week! Wanted you to know I started a new blog focusing on plants, photography and words. Might be more up your alley than my CLH. http://afairyinmygarden.blogspot.com
Brenda

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Becca, You do have some pretty 'eye candy' still blooming. The only thing blooming here is our ROSES --which George waters every day or two. We did get some rain this morning --a tiny bit, but more than we have had in awhile.

Have a good day.
Hugs,
Betsy

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Becca. Your Beauty Bush is so pretty. Love the purple berries on it. I planted one this spring but it may be a while before it gets berries. Maybe next year.
Those Okra blooms are just so lovely. Mine died or fried in the heat and clay. I need to amend the soil there.
Have a wonderful week!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Four-O-Clocks remind me of my childhood. I used to plant them so they covered one whole side of my garage.

Eileen

tina said...

Definitely beautyberry. A lovely native shrub but one that will self seed-so far this year I've pulled at least 20 seedlings and potted them up for a MG sale. Did you not plant it? Maybe it self seeded there? If so-lucky you!!

Peggy said...

Hi Becca,I am amazed at what you call 4'clocks!I bought them years ago and I am sure they were called Star of Peru, they took over the whole place but did flower profusley and stray ones have been coming up since even through the gravel.
Rosie on the allotment bought them in Italy and when I saw the leaves I knew what they were but could not think of the name.The only other place I have ever seen them was around the pool area in our holiday apartments in Majorca about 10 years ago.Blogging solves all mysteries!

Sunny Day said...

My hubby says our 4 O'Clocks are on the wrong time. Apparently ours bloom at 4:00 am instead of 4:00 pm. I am looking forward to next year to see if they come in thicker.

Gail said...

Beautiful flowers.

We have been so dry ours have mostly melted away.

Gail said...

Beautiful flowers.

We have been so dry ours have mostly melted away.

Daisy said...

Nice pictures, Becca. I love that last one. Very pretty! :)

A Brit in Tennessee said...

The flowers are looking beautiful I love 4 o'clocks .....!

Jessica said...

Your gardens are always so pretty! The heat has really hurt mine this year.

Thank you so much for your visit and your sweet comment. It means alot to me & my family.

j~

The Redneck Rosarian said...

Hey Becca! Great blog. Great to see more Alabama gardeners online!

Stephanie said...

Wonderful news of the four o'clock. That wild plant with purple berries looks really nice! I love the purple shade of the berries. Btw, I think the okra flower can never last that long here ;-)

AaronVFT said...

Beautiful flowers. I love the purple berries! Somehow reminds me of medinilla blooms.

Darla said...

I see your mystery plant has been ID'ed. They pop up like weeds around our town. The Ornamental Okra has done well for you, makes me proud, lol.

Chicken Boys said...

The flowers are great. I'm thinking of doing more flowers next year, and less veggies. My boss was not happy about me applying for this other position. But that's becuase he knows how big of an asset I am to our district. I handle a lot of jobs that aren't mine. This other job will mean more hours, but it will be less stressful and about a 20% pay raise. Nine others in the company have applied (I heard today) but we will see where it goes. Thanks for thinking of me.
~Randy

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Your garden is still looking so pretty. We have just had a very hot spell which seems to have confused our plants a bit. The last two nights have cooled down a bit and I see the autumn colouring of leaves is starting to appear. Diane

Far Side of Fifty said...

That Hibiscus is a real trooper blooming for such a long time! That first plant has lovely looking berries..do the birds eat them? So your 4 o'clock are blooming at different times..cute! As long as they bloom! :)