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Friday, December 17, 2010

Three For Thursday! No, wait! Four for Friday!

"Incense" Passion Flower
I guess there is a trend for garden bloggers to post information and photos of three most-loved plants in their garden on Thursdays...  I was trying to get this out yesterday, but got too "blogged" down...so, I will add another plant to make it even cooler....







"Incense" Passion Flower
The first of my garden favorites is called the Passion Flower, or Passiflora.  This one is called "Incense".  It is called a Passion Flower because it comes refers to it's resemblance to Jesus' crown of thorns during his "passion" -- journey of trial, crucifixion, death and resurrection.  Since I love Jesus, I think this is pretty cool.  To me it's kind of like the beauty that came from such and awful situation when Jesus suffered and died.  Such a beautiful reminder to me.

These Passion Flowers bloom from May to at least October here in Houston.  I even saw some last month, and if this warm weather keeps up they will pop their beautiful heads out again.  The fill the plant with buds and blossoms and I have several of these on both my fences and in pots on my patio that grow up trellises.


One of my "nuther" favorites is the Angel Trumpet.  Hey, that works in very nicely to this season -- when the Angel's announced the birth of Jesus.  This white one is fairly new to my garden -- it bloomed in June.  


Angel Trumpet and Midnight Salvia
Angel Trumpet, Variegated Ginger and Ti Plant
The other is a pink variety, and it also blooms in June, and sometimes again when the weather starts to cool down in early fall.  LOVE these plants.


My garden buddy, Rebecca, while she was watering my plants while I was on vacation, counted 50 blooms on this plant at one time.  It can go crazy.  These plants get very tall, and can be propagated really easily by just cutting off a branch and cramming it into the ground. Be sure to keep it watered, though.






Kauka Wilder Plumeria
I also love Plumeria.  I'm done another post on these previously.  The fragrance is wonderful -- it's what they make lei's out of in Hawaii.  I have several different varieties in my garden.  This is one of the red ones.  It's actually called "Kauka Wilder."

Candy Stripe Plumeria
I also have a candy-striped variety.   Amazing.

"Mr. President" Canna Lily
And, my last favorite, but not least, is the canna lily.  These plants bloom wonderfully in this climate.  They also tolerate a lot of water, and can be grown as bog plants.  My favorite is "Mr. President", which is a vibrate red.

"Tropicana" Canna Lily
Foliage from "Tropicana" Canna Lily

Another favorite, and one of which I love the foliage, is "Tropicana".  It has wonderful deep orange blossoms with a vibrant foliage.

So, those are my FOUR FOR FRIDAY! 
















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T.K. Goforth is a musician and author of the well-received book "Chord Piano is Fun!" She also writes a music blog called "Chord Piano Chick's Mostly Musical Musings.
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2 comments:

Rebecca said...

You always have to Tammize things don't you. Four For Friday! HA HA! They are gorgeous the plants you picked to share!

Rebecca

T-Go said...

Haha! Yes, yes I do! And thank you, Rebecca!

T.K. Goforth is a musician and author of the well-received book "Chord Piano is Fun!" She also writes a music blog called "Chord Piano Chick's Mostly Musical Musings.
Chord Piano Is Fun