Monday, March 16, 2009

Dreaming and Planning for some “Blue”

We haven’t seen any blue skies around here for so long, I had to Google blue skies in order to see them,

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…and water, well, we’ve had a lot but it certainly isn’t anywhere near blue…so I Googled blue water…

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…and then I Googled Blue Flowers…

and got my very favorite blue…the blue Plumbago…

I know they grow abundantly in some places but in NW Tennessee they are not seen much…I love to grow them and have for the past five years…If you haven’t tried one in your garden, do, I think you’ll be pleased…

Blue flower 3 by Peter Heilmann.

Blue Flower on Maui (Substance D Scanner Darkly Flower heh) by WidgetPhreak.

http://www.plantanswers.com/Plumbago_BEST/15.jpg

Plumbago is native to South Africa, and is a popular ornamental in subtropical gardens in Florida and California.

Plumbago does best in light, sandy soils with good drainage. Note: they are not cold hardy… Light: Full sun. Flowering will be reduced in partial shade. Moisture: Plumbago survives with little watering once established, and is considered moderately drought tolerant. Hardiness: USDA Zones 8B-11.

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Plumbago is a tender perennial with profuse blue flowers. It loves the heat, doesn't mind our long, humid summers, and is reasonably drought tolerant. Disease-, pest- and deer-resistant, Plumbago is also known as Skyflower because of its sky-blue color. It blooms even in considerable shade.

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http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/cemap/plumbago/plumbago14.jpg

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http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/cemap/plumbago/plumbago6.jpg

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/cemap/plumbago/plumbago11.jpg

http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/potd/plumbago_auriculata.jpg

I’m off to find out when my favorite garden center opens…

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9 comments:

  1. I love plumbago, and in fact, I've grown it. I even did a Blue Monday using it. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

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  2. Oh, your blues have really opened up my eyes this morning! Just so lovely!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  3. Plumbago is a favorite shade of blue for me too. I have them in my front yard and they die back in the winter but always come back and flower in the sun.

    You found some stunning blue pics on Google.

    Kathy b

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  4. Hi Becky! Hope you get blue skies soon! I love that name Pumbago :0)
    The flower is very sweet.
    Happy Blue to you...

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  5. We've had gray skies and rain for 5 days now... argh! Totally ready for some blue!

    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

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  6. beautiful blues! love the plumbago too! Happy Blue Monday ~

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  7. Hi Becky, Your blue is so impressive. I LOVE Google. The blue plumbago is very pretty. I had some in Florida but it is not good in the mountains. Love your blue today.

    Hugs...Jeanne

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  8. Awesome blue images, just beautiful! Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and for leaving a comment. I really appreciate that a lot. Wishing you a lovely day!
    Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

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  9. That's a beautiful flower, they remind me of sweet williams.

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