Surprise Fall Bloomers

This Fall I had some plants decide to bloom after many years of being flowerless.  I’m not sure what could have caused this.  Maybe it was the two hard freezes we had last winter.  The Ligularia has been nothing but big green leaves for years. But, this year put out several stems of cheery yellow flowers.

The Pink Japanese Anemone, which is a butterfly favorite, has only put out a few sad flowers in the past.  This Fall there was a record breaking 12 stems that have bloomed for weeks.

The most surprising is my Angel Trumpet.  It is in its second blooming and started while temperatures were in the 30’s.

Will the flowers last and be Christmas Angels?

 

 


Angel Trumpet

My Angel Trumpet finally decided to bloom after many years.  I remembered it being a different color, but the bud was yellow.

It finally matured some more and my memory proved to be correct.

Angel Trumpet or Brugmanis is part of the Nightshade family.  All parts of it is toxic and is also call the Trumpet of Death.  It is a plant that shouldn’t be grown in a garden with children or pets.  I waited many years before planting mine.

I thought that was that and was happy with just two blooms.  Days later more buds appeared for a beautiful display.

 

 


Been Missing You

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Several plants that have not bloomed for years, decided to finally put out flowers this year.  I usually keep plants as long as they are alive, even if they have not bloomed.  It paid off this year.

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This beautiful 8 inch flower is an Angel Trumpet (Burgmansia).

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The red lily is commonly called School House or Hurricane Lily as it blooms at the beginning of school and hurricane season. It has not bloomed in such a long time that I had to do some research to remember what it was called.  It is also know as Oxblood Lily (Rhodophiala bifida).

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This Passion Flower was in really bad shape.  I had left it in large pot in the far end of the yard.  I brought it closer to the backdoor and tended to it on a daily basis.  I was rewarded with fragrant flowers.  It hasn’t bloomed in such a long time, that I thought it was purple and was quite surprised to see it was white!