Thursday, 3 April 2008

Shades of Pink

Remember the Datura from two days ago? In a magical tranformation, the beige whorl became this lovely pink bell. A close up of a hybrid Crown of Thorns which is a member of the Euphorbia family, characterised by its milky sap that is often a skin irritant or, in extreme cases, poisonous. Poinsettia is also a member of this family. Most of this family will catch easily by piece but it is often necessary to let the cutting "dry" a bit before placing in potting mix.

Frangipani. I like to float these petals in shallow bowls when I am entertaining. I first saw this done in Guatemala years ago and copied the idea. I think they may do the same thing in Hawai. For those who have asked, I keep my garden together with the help of my trusty gardener Bolan. I would like to say that I dig every hole and prune every tree but it's just not realistic. We spend some time together in the morning and decide what we are going to tackle for the day. Generally we move from bed to bed. The garden is an organic place, it is constantly evolving and changing. He is great and I could not do it without him.
Thanks Bolan.

9 comments:

voyance said...

Thanks! great blog!

spectacularwave said...

these are so lovely.. shades of pink!

DeeDee said...

What a pleasure to visit your blog and see these lovely flowers..a wonderful blessing to have a gardener as well..I am reminded of the Shell Seekers with Angela Landsbury and her gardener :) ...the last image ...the pink flower reminds me of the Plumeria ...Dee Dee

Say you Say me@Colyn's Corner said...

Hi, it really fascinate me looking at the pix. They are all gorgeous, congrats. Hope to see more pix in the future

Chrisss said...

wow beautiful. Great photos...

aisyah said...

love your blog vibrant colours. i've tried to plant few flowering plant but failed miserably.

mountainear said...

I can't get over how exotic your flowers are - are these just 'everyday flowers'? The scents and colours are stunning.

I'm getting excited because the larch trees in the wood beyond us are showing just the teeniest hint of green.

Wicked Gardener said...

I need me a Bolan. Tell him to bring ginger.

Barbara said...

I'd like to have a Bolan!! Well, sometimes I also have a "gardenangel", as I call my help who comes three times a year for work which I cannot do alone. Lovely post!