We’re glad to report our growing season continues to produce awesome flowers as many of our readers continue to flood our inbox with Beautiful Blooms.
We had another run of emails after last week’s Beautiful Blooms column and we’re thrilled that readers are eager to tell us what they still have blooming as well as their cherished gardening stories.
This week’s highlighted flowers begin with a tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We all know someone who has battled this disease. Many of us know survivors while some of us know a courageous warrior who lost his or her battle.
These plants – vincas and angelonias – were sent in by Deb Hibdon of New Smyrna Beach as a way of remembering everyone who has fought or are fighting breast cancer.
“I just wanted to share some pinks with you,” Deb wrote. “These vincas and angelonias are so perky! I‘ve had these out in my front yard area for months. They are looking so lovely!”
And perky pink potted flowers are perfect to lift up breast cancer survivors during their special month! Thanks for thinking of them, Deb!
Ron Ceryak of Flagler Beach sent in the gorgeous yellow candelabra cassia bush, which can reach 5 to 8 feet tall and span a 3 to 4-foot width.
“I got some seeds from a friend,” Ron wrote, “and they turned into these beautiful plants.”
I know some gardeners who prefer height than sprawl, so they stake the plants upright, and watch them climb to nearly 12 feet tall.
UF/IFAS Gardening Solutions calls them “a delight in the fall landscape because it is covered with cheerful yellow flowers when few other plants are blooming.”
If you’re looking to attract butterflies, Gardening Solutions says cassia plants serve as larval hosts for three types of Florida butterflies – cloudless sulphur, sleepy orange and orange-barred sulphur.
Finally, the meezoo bloom was sent in by Debbie Fugate of Port Orange. She says it’s a succulent plant that requires very little water and can be placed in full or part sun.
“It thrives in the heat and produces the sweetest little flowers,” she said. “I have had this plant for a few years – just a little pruning and it continues to thrive.”
Beautiful Blooms can continue to thrive, too, as long as you keep sending in your gorgeous specimens for us to share. And since we live in Central Florida, we’re hoping you show us your blooms throughout the year.
We try to post all the photos sent in each week on our website at news-journalonline.com. Seeing your Beautiful Blooms in print may take a little longer due to space constraints, but we’ll keep posting your blooms here and in print as long as you keep sending them.
— To submit Beautiful Blooms, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, city and don’t forget to tell us about your blooms. Photos must be high resolution (at least 1MB) and emailed as a .jpg attachment.