The heat has really taken it's toll on most of the flowers in the garden except for the passion vine. It really has grown by leaps and bounds. I had to do a little research to remind me of why this flower is linked to religion.
Native to South America, Central America, and North America, the passion vine can be found growing in Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Illinois, Hawaii, and as far north as New York. According to legend, a Jesuit priest in Peru found the vine in 1620. That night, in a vision, the priest associated components of the blossom with Christ's Passion, leading to the common name, "Passionflower":
The five petals and five sepals were representative of the ten faithful apostles present at the crucifixion; the five anthers represented Christ's wounds; the three pistils, the nails. The corona was the thorny crown, while the leaves were reminiscent of the Roman spear, and the tendrils were their whips.
These Caladium Bulbs/Plants have done well through all of the heat and the days of rain. They've been through a lot but still very pretty. This is the first time I planted them near a patio area we use(around the side of our house) and wasn't sure how I would like the color with the color of the brick. I usually keep the palette in the front white mostly with some soft lavender flowers. But we have really loved these. Living in Florida they overwinter well and I don't do anything but mulch heavily with pine straw and they will be up next year.
The Crepe Myrtles are holding on to their last blooms. The leaves are beginning to turn and fall.
|Deep Pink Crepe Myrtle|
Great for the back of a border. Mine are about 3 feet tall now. I started out with one pot of Petunias this dear sweet older man who was a Master Gardener insisted I bring home. I think of him every summer while these are blooming he said he was old and not going to be able to care for "his babies" much longer and he wanted them to go to a new loving home. Sweet huh?
The Hummingbirds go crazy for these too!
|Black Sweet Potato Vine and Holley Ferns, Ostrich Ferns|
The black Sweet Potato vine went crazy under this oak tree out back planted with Holly ferns and Gold Lantana, Butterflies are always found under that tree. The contrast of the black vine with the yellow Lantana flowers is really eye catching and the fern softens the look. This bed is more of a natural bed and not so planned or manicured. When the Lantana is in bloom though it is beautiful. FYI...black Sweet Potato vine looks great planted with/alongside chartruese foliage.
Even though they aren't looking their best these little flowers bloom all summer long and come back voluntarily the next year. They tolerate heat very well.
They are such pretty flowers. I can't remember the name of them to save my soul. But they send out all kinds of seeds from seed pods. I have left them in a pot through winter and they come up thick as can be in the late spring and then I divide that pot into small pots and have maybe 100 plants to fill in flower beds.
I have one in Pink also. The one above is a deep Royal Purple with a blue.
Maybe you can see the pink ones here, they are mixed in with the purple because they all came up from last years plants/seeds. I have ferns and red Impatients planted at the foot of this oak. My Grandsons planted this flower bed for me, because it is near my potting bench. Where all the magic happens. The purple/pink flowers just popped up. Pleaseant surprise!
I hope you enjoyed the tour. That will wrap summer up for sure. I usually plant a few Mums and some Pansies closer to Halloween. My Hubz loves Halloween and he goes all out. Can't wait to show you those pics.
Have a great weekend and thank you all for the kind comments.