Saturday, June 17, 2017

Basye’s Purple rose first bloom and other flowers

Good afternoon Folks ~ I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. We have had rain and more rain. Everything is growing like weeds here.

I have been waiting for over a year to see this particular rose in bloom, today the first bud opened.  The rose is Basye’s Purple. First photo was taken yesterday, the others were taken this morning. When I saw it was open I could hardly get my camera fast enough. When I got over to the bloom and smelled it I wanted to cry. I thanked God for such a beautiful creation and wonderful scent. I bought this rose as a baby from Rose Petals Nursery.





Butterflies have been having a feast on my Byron Beauty passion flower vine. Below is a flower that has been pelted with some heavy rains and I see that the curly bits of the flower have straightened out.


Below are caterpillars enjoying themselves.



Here are two chrysallis.  I saw one of these as a caterpillar yesterday hanging upside down and then came out to it being in hibernation on it’s way to becoming a butterfly.



Well watered blooms.

Golden dew drop (purple blooms), red pentas, and hamelia patens.


I don’t know what the name of this hibiscus is. I got it as a cutting many, many years ago from my Mom.


This is sandpaper vine with it’s sandpaper feeling leaves and wonderful purple star flowers. I grew this from a cutting. These are the first blooms that it has had. Also called Queen’s Wreath. It is growing up over an arbor and I can hardly wait until the arbor is covered. There is also a blue pea vine and a garlic vine growing on this harbor so it will be quite the combination when all in bloom.


This is a wonderful alamanda, don’t know the name of it. Grew it from a cutting also.


Spicy Jatropha ~ this I grew from a cutting from my dear husband’s family home. I believe his younger sister had given a plant to their parents one year. I love this plant, and so do the butterflies.


This is Tahitian Gardenia. What a scent!!! Huge blooms.


This is my ‘secret garden jungle’ as seen through the window of my scullery, where I wash dishes. The scraggly tall limbs in the foreground are of a avacado tree container grown. I should prune it.


Well, that’s it from my well watered gardens here at Plum Cottage.

Remember to stop and really see all of the beauty that surrounds you and know that you are even more wonderful and beautiful and loved by Jesus who is God the Great Creator. We have so much to be thankful for.

Happy Summer ~ FlowerLady


lil red hen said...

I love the view from you window! You certainly must have a green thumb as shown from all the beauty you've started from cuttings. We have wild-growing passion flowers here. They have such an interesting bloom.

Nancy J said...

Beautiful, every bloom,colour and scent. Down here, I can walk and admire leaves in brown and gold, grasses all drooping as winter claims their greenery, and see the tips of bulbs popping up through the soil. Thankful for a safe haven where we live, and blog friendships. Love to you in your part of Paradise.

Stacey said...

Oh so beautiful!! It was so exciting to have caterpillars on our Passion Vine last year. Don't you love seeing nature at work?

organicgardendreams said...

Dear Lorraine, how wonderful that your garden is naturally well watered at the moment. The plants looks stunning being so saturated with rain water. Especially love the rose 'Basye's Purpe' and the passionflower. I think I can grow passionflowers here as well. I should really give them a try, they are so amazingly beautiful!
Wishing you a wonderful rest of the weekend!
Warm regards,

Ruth Hiebert said...

That new rose is a spectacular flower. SO much beauty surrounds you.Thanks for sharing this with someone like me who doesn't have so many lush plants.

Kit said...

I am so happy you are getting the rain you guys need. Your flowers looks wonderful! I am excited for your new rose. My roses are blooming now and I can't get enough of their scent. Happy Summer to you too! :) Kit

Connie in Hartwood said...

The view from your window is magical!

I grow Basye's Purple rose, too, and I love it. I bought mine with no flowers or buds on it, and no idea what the flower looked like. I just knew that it was beautiful with the brown-black stems and the blue-green leaves. Mine has grown into a 6-foot tall, stiff, tree-like form which is a great addition to the garden.

I love seeing all of your other flowers, most of which I have never heard of before.

Terra Hangen said...

What a beautiful rose in those first photos. Our gardens bring us such joy as we look at what God has made. That is a pretty view of your fountain/bird bath.

A Joyful Cottage said...

Your garden always inspires me, Rainey. I'm amazed at your green thumb. I bet all the butterflies in your town favor your garden. Thank you for sharing the photos of the caterpillar and the chrysallis. They intrigue me, as I've not seen any signs of these in my garden. I do get an occasional butterfly, which is always exciting to me. I'm trying to encourage more butterfly visits by planting flowers that supposedly attract them, so I hope someday I will have as many butterflies as you do. Love your secret garden. So charming. Hugs, Nancy

Kathleen Grace said...

I never fail to thank God for the beauty in my garden! It truly does always make me feel closer to Him as I watch the birds and water the flowers and vegetables. Your garden is spectacular!

BeachGypsy said...

Hi there Lorriane, was so glad to see you had been by, glad you liked the post and the pictures! Im glad to see you have a new post up too...I just love looking at your gardens..what pretty things you have growing! I sure love that magnolia! I was out photographing passion flowers just yesterday here....and I truly think they are the most amazingly exotic and STRANGE but beautiful things, aren't they? I've never grown them, but hope to next year....any tips??? Did you start those by cuttings, seeds, or what? They are vines, right? Well, glad to hear you're doing well down that you have any weekend plans? We are to do a little painting here, looking forward to that.

BeachGypsy said...

PS---of forgot to ask...the fountain/birdbath that you can see from your window, I love it and was wondering if that is a lady sitting with her legs curled up or is that a mermaid?

Deb said...

Hi Lorraine - Wow, such beautiful flowers and great photography. Hope you aren't too hot and steamy down there. Enjoy what's left of the week!

GretchenJoanna said...

My goodness, your garden is always bursting with things I've never seen before. To have gardenias would be heavenly - and that hibiscus is a lovely lady...

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Whenever I visit here I am just blown away by all that you have going on in your garden...I was thinking / worrying about you due to the tropical storm Cindy and hope that all is ok there? :)

Susan said...

That is a beauty of a rose! All of your flowers look so beautiful especially with the wonderful rain drops on them. We've had lots of rain, too and it's wonderful. Everything is growing like a weed. I hope the rains keep coming. Have a great weekend!

Dewena said...

Bayse's Purple is a beautiful sweet thing, Lorraine! And then to have it smell sweet on top is a gift. I'm glad you've had some good rain to relieve the drought. I guess that helps on your water bill too.

I've always loved caterpillars, but in my family they are called "pillowcases" because that's what my mother said I called them as a child. My kids always hoped to catch a butterfly emerging from its cocoon but never did. Have you?

I love all the vines you have there at Plum Cottage. Vines just make a cottage garden a cottage garden.

I hope you're having a lovely Sunday, Lorraine,

Darcie said...

Over, and over again you leave me in awe of the beauty that you are surrounded by! So happy for you getting to witness your rose open up, and the paint a beautiful picture with your words...and of course your beautiful pictures.

Happy June to you my dear friend!

Jeri Landers said...

Hello Rainy, Good to see your "jungle" as you call it. Mine feels a bit like a jungle right now, as things are not growing in tidy masses and groupings as I would wish them to. So many of your plants are unknown to me, as they are Tropical and we are not in that zone, but I certainly recognize the caterpillars... Gods little critters.

Betsy Adams said...

Looks like all of the rain has made your gardens grow and flourish....I always love seeing what is blooming in your yard... My favorite today is the ALAMONDA... So beautiful... Thanks for sharing.

We just got home from our Anniversary trip... I blogged about it today.


Karen said...

Rainey, the rose is absolutely stunning, the flower reminds me of a Camelia, but the color is beyond gorgeous. I love it. Your allamanda was the basis for my last stained glass lamp where I did the flowers in pink instead of the usual yellow. Again, gorgeous! You've taught me so much about persevering in adversity and I need to cultivate your faith and hope as well as strength of character as my life unfolds. Thank you for always being a beacon of light, love and peace.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

You have a little paradise there, Lorraine, with all of your exotic flowers and butterflies! They are all so beautiful. I love that some of them have sentimental origins, too. That is one thing about gardeners that I love - they are always generous. Your kitchen window view is wonderful. Sending hugs and blessings your way. xx Karen

outlawgardener said...

Oh my, that rose is stunning. So many beautiful flowers blooming in your well-watered garden and the view from your scullery is really lovely! How fortunate we are to have eyes to see the wonder of such things. (And noses to smell 'em.)

In reading\hearing about atrocities around the world, both historical and current, the cruelty of humans to other living beings, unmitigated greed, and disregard for creation, I sometimes wonder why God would bother with and continue to bless such a species. We haven't changed since Cain killed Abel and yet, there is love. Thankful indeed.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Lorraine, your garden is like a bit of heaven. All your flowers are amazing. What a joy to see everyday and watch the changing blooms. That rose was worth the wait. Just gorgeous. The view from your kitchen sink has to make that chore easier. Wishing you a beautiful last week of June and great July ahead. xo

Lynn McIntosh said...

Oh, that allamanda is magnificent! It seems so large! You have such an array of beautiful blooms - I just love it! And everything is so lush after all the big rains we've been having down here. Thank you Rainey, for sharing all of your lovely flowers and gardens - it's a joy to visit your blog. Blessings

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Gorgeous blooms and your garden is lovely. The rose is beautiful. I took a clipping of a heirloom rose when I was at a estate sale 4 years ago. This year I decided is it didn't bloom I was pulling it out.. Well guess what, it its in bloom with a beautiful pink roses.

Rebecca said...

"Scullery." I love that term! And (as you probably remember) I SO enjoy seeing the broader views of your beautiful yard. Thanks for the reminder to stop and really see the beauty that surrounds me. We went on a garden walk preview and I was happy to return home and see that OUR yard has its good features, too.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

So many beautiful photos Lorraine - your garden is filled with glorious blooms, more beautiful than anything we can hope to create.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

What a joy to stop by and see the gorgeous flowers you've been growing. Beautiful photos too. That rose was worth the wait and I can see why you were so excited for it to finally bloom. I have a couple of Passion flower vines but no flowers yet. Looking lovely at your place!

Ilene Jones said...

Gorgeous, just gorgeous! I just had to pop in and say hello. Hope you're doing well. Hugs, Ilene

M.K. said...

Just amazing! I know times are rather tight right now for you, and sometimes financially difficult. But in one way, you are one of the most wealthy women I know: you are wealthy in beauty. Your garden is a treasure trove of beauty for both the eye and the nose. Enjoy that wealth!!

Melanie said...

Oh my goodness! I'm glad I found your blog! You ARE the flower lady!!! How wonderful and so many flowers you enjoy; I'll be getting to know you and reading your blog more...thanks again for visiting Country Cottage Living :)