Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wednesday Vignette: Green Flowers!

In my last post, I grumbled that none of the Eustoma grandiflorum (aka Lisianthus) I planted this spring had produced green flowers.  I'd ordered 2 collections of Eustoma plugs by mail, one of which consisted of 6 blue, 6 yellow and 6 green-flowering plants.  Some of these plants were negatively impacted by heat and insufficient irrigation and less than half have produced flowers thus far but, where I believe I planted the green-flowered plugs, I saw only pale yellow blooms.  However, last evening as I was making a pass through the garden, I saw this:


Both this photo and the one above are of the same small plant


In stronger sun this morning, they're looking somewhat less green.  It may be that the flowers bleach out with ongoing sun exposure as this plant is located alongside others I'd characterize as pale yellow but I was still excited to see the greenish flowers.

My sojourn through the garden last evening also led to the discovery of a single, tiny blue Eustoma bloom.  Unlike the pink Eustoma, I'd thought that none of the 'Borealis Blue' I'd planted last year had survived to bloom this year.  This small bloom makes me wrong on that count too.

It's not nearly as heavily petaled as last years blooms nor, at 7 inches high, nearly as tall but it's alive and blooming!


This summer got started with a blast, literally, as a heatwave wreaked destruction across my garden so it's the little things that lift my spirits.  I was even excited to see these this morning:

A cluster of tiny noID mushrooms snuggled up against one of the flagstones that form a path through the backyard garden


This mish-mash of photos represents my Wednesday Vignette this week.  Visit Anna at Flutter & Hum to view the images that drew her attention and that of other garden bloggers this week.


All material © 2012-2016 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

14 comments:

  1. Hi Kris, wow, a green Lisianthus?! That is sooo... cool!
    My garden is suffering badly from the heat as well. Each year I seem to forget how tough summers are on the plants here in our climate. There is a lot of brown in my garden where there should be green..., but I try to get not too frustrated and enjoy what is still there to enjoy. Right now I am gaining great pleasure from cutting roses and bringing them indoors. They would fry in the heat anyways.
    Warm regards,
    Christina

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    1. I'm glad you're taking the opportunity to enjoy your roses while you can, Christina. I'm cutting flowers freely from my garden too. When we moved to this house, just 15 miles from our former home in a local beach city, we gained a summer temperature increase of 10F and it does take its toll, especially now that I can't water the garden at will.

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  2. Wonderful your green and blue Eustoma showed up after all. They're lovely. The thyme surrounding the mushrooms looks very happy.

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    1. It'll be interesting to see if that green Eustoma fades to a pale yellow but I was pleased to discover it, Susie. It's the main reason I placed my mail order in the first place - I've never seen a green Eustoma offered locally.

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  3. I do love green flowers and those are downright fabulous!

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    1. I hope I get more than a single stem out of 6 plugs!

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  4. Fabulous subtle colour, love it!

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    1. It looks a little like mint ice cream. I hope the flower stays green.

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  5. That green is such a pretty, cooling color! I wonder whether the green tones will intensify as the plant matures a bit? Or is that just me, the eternal optimist... ;-)

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    1. The pink ones do intensify in color as they age...

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  6. I have to admit that I'm turning a little bit green myself, over those green Eustoma flowers. Beautiful - I have a thing for green flowers! I can't wait to see what you will do with them in an arrangement... :)

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    1. I'm not sure I can bring myself to cut them, Anna!

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  7. I'm even more jealous of your Estoma now! My tiny three still in their modules actually have a flower stem!!!! If I can keep them alive until next year I'll be thrilled. BTW we have rain! totally amazing for July.

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    1. Rain in July is like winning the weather lottery, Christina! I hope your Eustoma thrive - I can no longer imagine my garden without them.

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