A few of my favorite big bloomers from my own garden: Below Clerodendrum bungei
And now for something completely different: a bit of parody from one of my favorite dance songs of the 90’s: Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-lot. That song has been stuck in my head on repeat since 1992 and comes out at the oddest moments. Last year was the song’s 25th year anniversary and it was featured on NPR. My parody lyrics below.
…”Oh, my God, Becky, look at her flowers, they are so big, I can’t believe they’re just so round…I like Big Blooms and I cannot lie, you other gardeners can’t deny. When a flower opens up and it’s as big as a plate, get your camera, do not wait! …I’m hooked and I can’t stop starin’… Oh flower, I wanna get wit ya and take ya picture…Other gardeners tried to warn me, but those flowers you got makes me so…HAPPY!” 2017 The Garden Maiden.
Newly added to my garden last summer, Confederate rose (Hibiscus mutabilis) is an old fashioned Southern garden staple. I was surprised to find out one day that the blossoms change color from whitish pink to deep pink by evening. I admired it in the morning, left for work, came home, looked across the yard and was like, WTH Dude?
Daylillies may be common, but their flowers are an uncommon delight.
I think I finally have enough moonflower seed saved to last me for many years. I love to marvel at the flowers that open in late afternoon and fade by the next morning, adding drama to the evening garden.
Finally, and by no means is this the end of my favorite big bloomers, in my own yard or otherwise, however, this is a personal favorite…Aristolochia gigantea. I was first introduced to this plant while living in Hobe Sound, Florida (thank you previous renter). I have also grown this vine in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and now in Mississippi. Previously I have grown the larger (yes, folks, even larger) flowering variety: Brasiliensis There are some tropicals I don’t mind fussing over to bring indoors. This is one.
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Yours in Gardening,
The Garden Maiden
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