Rhody did not make the cut this week. There are too many minor flowers blooming. Only six can be shared here. Besides, flowers are more cooperative with getting their pictures taken than Rhody is. I should get six more flower pictures for next week as well, since I am trying to avoid the sort of dreary pictures I had been sharing, and the weather has not yet gotten interesting.

The botanical names of some of these flowers have changed over the years. The names I use may be outdated or updated. I can not be sure anymore. I am not certain about the identity of the hebe.

1. Hebe buxifolia, perhaps ‘Patty’s Purple’ hebe, is now beginning to succumb to cool winter weather. I am not certain if it has a definite bloom season. It seems to bloom randomly until frost.

2. Lobularia maritima, alyssum, is a warm season annual that finishes in winter, but replaces itself with seedlings that perform as cool season annuals for winter until warmer spring weather.

3. Diosma pulchrum, pink breath of Heaven, also seems to bloom whenever it wants to, although not quite as colorfully as hebe. This cultivar has lime green foliage instead of yellowish green.

4. Morea bicolor, butterfly iris, could be dug, divided, and shared with other landscapes. However, we can not adequately maintain the mature colonies that are already out in the landscapes.

5. Salvia greggii, autumn sage, is not just for autumn. Like the others, it blooms whenever it wants to. I like this one because it is only red. The flowers are too small to be both red and white.

6. Senecio X hybrida, cineraria, is leftover from when a few bedding plants were still added seasonally to a few prominent parts of the landscape. This one happens to be potted on a pedestal.

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate:


11 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Flowery Bits II

    1. Ha! I almost deleted the Morea. It is such a cheap and common perennial. I would like to grow more only because they are so easy. There is a rather grungy colony of it here that could be pulled, divided, and replanted in clumps where they would do better.


  1. It is so nice to see some colour Tony! I am confused about the Senecio though, as I only know it as a foliage plant here, sold as an annual for containers. It has silvery leaves and if the summer is hot enough and long enough it produces very small yellow flowers. Your pink one is lovely!

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  2. I recognize that iris. It’s used a good bit in landscapes here. I think it must have succumbed to our cooler temperatures; I haven’t seen any blooms in quite some time. It’s really attractive — as is the Salvia greggii. I’m not sure it does well in my area, but I know that just a bit north it’s quite common.

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    1. Butterfly iris is more sensitive to frost than the whiter Morea iridioides. Alternatively, it will bloom less as it matures and gets crowded. Overgrown specimens can be dug, divided, and replanted to bloom better for a few more years. There are too large colonies at work that do not bloom much at all, but because their grassy foliage is so appealing, I will not dig them until they start to deteriorate, which may be longer than I am around. I can pull as many shoots from the perimeter of the colonies to grow as many new clumps as I desire. The small clumps bloom quite nicely after their first year, while the big original clump maintains it fine grassy texture. The big clump would age faster if no one plucked shoots from the perimeter.

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