Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Birthday plants–Fla gardeners I need id’s please

Good afternoon everyone ~ Thank you all for your kind bday wishes. I am having a lovely day so far. I decided against getting another rose bush for now, and instead went to a place that has plants, pavers, garden stuff, dirt, mulch. We’ve passed it several times now and they’ve had a big banner * out all plants $5 *. So, since it’s my bday and also the first day of spring, I wanted to go check this place out. I had some tip $ from my job so used that. This ought to do me for buying plants for some time, especially since I’ll probably be able to propagate all of them from cuttings.

Before I left, DH washed my car, so I sat in the Caravan’s garden enjoying the beautiful day, the blooms and scents, the birds singing and the gentle breezes while he lovingly did the work. I gave him a big kiss when he was done and thanked him, then took off. He’s not crazy about shopping at all, so it was a solo jaunt for me.

I wanted color and scent, and ended up buying 6 plants. Two of them I don’t know what they are. I’ll post their pictures first hoping one of the Florida gardeners will be able to help me, we are down here in s.e. FL, zone 10. This place did NOT know the names of all of their plants. These two happened to not have a name tag on a specimen plant up by the office. The guy inside said he thought this first one was an alamanda. Nah!

This is a sweet scented flowering woody vine.



The purple leaves caught my eyes on this little shrub, then I saw the sweet looking flowers and was hooked. They did say this has flowers all year. I haven’t a clue what it is and have not seen this before.


This Allamanda or Mandevilla caught my eye with its vibrant wonderful color.


An azalea whose colors I love. Now I have two different kinds, George Tabor and this one, whatever it is.


Shrimp plant with thunbergia erecta in the background.


Thunbergia erecta, or King’s Mantle ‘Alba’. I have this in purple already.


I am quite pleased and look forward to propagating from all of these.



Hope you all are enjoying this first day of spring. It is feeling like summer down here, although not as humid or hot as it will get.

Happy Spring Gardening ~ FlowerLady


Jane said...

Well,I'm not from Florida but the first plant looks like old-fashioned woodbine to me.

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited for you. . . what fun! The first plant looks like yellow honeysuckle (lonicera flava)and the second plant looks very much like a pink Chinese fringe (loropetalum chinense).

Good luck in identifying them. . . and Happy Birthday!


Mrs. E said...

I'd be the last person to know the names--I'm just glad to know someone else buys plants without knowing what they are!

L. D. Burgus said...

They are all beautiful plants. The tropical plants really seem totally new to me but the color is great.

Marti said...

Happy Birthday! I'm the worst at id-ing plants. I usually take a snip over to a good garden center if I can't find it in a book.

Becca's Dirt said...

Well Happy Birthday sweet lady. That's the kind of birthday I like - going plant shopping. I am loving my new mandevilla and placed it in a pot. The plant does look kinda like a lorepetulum. Great for color.

Georgianna said...

Stopping by to wish you a Very Happy Birthday, Flower Lady! And Happy Spring!! Hope it's a wonderful day.

– g

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like a great way to spend your special day.
The plants are so pretty!

Lona said...

Happy Birthday! I always wish the birthday gal with love, family, friends and many flowers and it looks like you got it all on your birthday. Some lovely plants. Have a terrific week.

NellJean said...

I agree with Eli Hart. Honeysuckle and Loropetalum. Loropetalum has a fragrance, one of those you catch on the air, not up close sniffing.

organicgardendreams said...

Dear FlowerLady, Happy Birthday, sounds like your day started out nice and I hope it was lovely until the end! I think you got some very pretty plants and I hope that they will do well for you. But since you seem to have a green thumb I don't have any doubts about it :-)!

Sunray Gardens said...

What great plants and more so what great prices. You have so much down there that I don't see up here.
Cher Sunray Gardens

tina said...

I think honeysuckle for the first two and lorepetulum for the third (agreeing with your other commenters). You got some great buys. Happy Birthday to you!

NellJean said...

If you have room for a small tree, Loropetalum limbed up is wonderful. Just keep cutting the bottom limbs off, they want to go in every direction. I have one snuggled up next to a crape myrtle. They take turns blooming.

Skeeter said...

Happy (Day late) Birthday! Looks like you found some beautiful treasure on your special day! I cannot think of a nicer gift to yourself. Happy Planting...

Jane said...

Another possibility is that the first plant is yellow jessamine.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Belated Happy Birthday
Your plants are beautiful
It feels like summer at
my cottage also...
I keep saying I am buying
no more plants.
Waiting to see everything emerge
in thie new garden spot

Bernie H said...

Gosh darn it, I missed our birthday! Well, belated birthday wishes from me. It sounds like you had a great day, and you certainly got some fantastic plants. Loved the white Thunbergia!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I'm glad you had a good birthday.