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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Salpiglossis




My Salpiglossis are fascinating, maybe you think so too.



Growing in my Garden




Growing next to other Annuals, here next to the sky-blue Petunia




Blooming in every shade imaginable




The Salpiglossis, belonging to the Solanacea family,  is a cousin to the Petunia and is a Chilean Native.




First introduced to the United States in 1823. It is also known as Velvet Flower and/or Painted Tongue




The name comes from two Greek words meaning trumpet and tongue.




Early in the Spring, I start them in my house from seeds I have saved from the previous year.




They never fail to be noticed in my Garden




They remind me of an exotic bird...




or a beautiful Butterfly




Salpiglossis make long-lasting cut flowers, often fading to an even more sensational color.


Need I say more?

Gina  



38 comments:

  1. gorgeous, its been ages since i grew this, deer have a way of altering things...

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  2. Hi, Gina - I see a recurring theme here, that you especially enjoy plants that are variegated. I'll bet that you might like one of my favorite plants, the humble coleus.

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  3. Gina, I think "botanist" should be added to your never-ending list of talents! And the photos are award-winning calibre. xo,

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  4. WOW! I don't think I've ever seen this flower, maybe it doesn't bloom in Europe. I'm going to look it up, thanks for sharing
    Sharon

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  5. Hi Bue Moon, You might want to try again. They are worth it. Thank you for your visit.

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  6. Hi Mark, I didn't know that! But I think that you are right. Veining always makes flowers more interesting. I have never tried coleus but I do love them whenever I see them. I think that they like shade, don't they? I have a spot where I might want to try them. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  7. Hello Sharon, The will do especially well in your climate. They do well here and even better where climates are more humid. But most people don't grow them. I don't know why. They do have one nasty habit of dying unexpectantly and when they are in their glory. I have made one discovery, however. If you grow them in containers with brand newsoild or a large flower box with new soil, they do well. I'm still trying to discover which little worm eats their roots. This year I have replaced all of my soil in the flower beds around the house. They are doing well.

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  8. Hi Barbara, You are a sweet lady. One of these days you need to come out West and we can "botanize" together.

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  9. I actually DO think they are fascinating. I love the rich colors and, although don't grow them, enjoy photographing them. They really do look like velvet! Hmm, collecting seeds, something I seem to be completely unable to do successfully. But we have yours to enjoy! xo – g

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  10. Your pictures are stunning! So are your flowers. Fabulous job. I'm here from Kim's party and I'm a new follower. Hope you stop by for a visit sometime!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  11. Hi again, Gina - You are right, coleus thrive in shade, are part of the mint family, and are suitable for window boxes. They were one of my father's favorite plants, and I never see one without thinking of him ...

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  12. OMGolly! I've never seen one of these plants before. AWESOME! I'm looking now ... love the colors.

    Happy PS weekend.
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

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  13. What amazing flowers, I have never tried to grow them you have certainly given me the urge to attempt it. Thanks. Lovely, lovely photos.

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  14. OK- You've got me!
    I've never even seen the blooms of salipglossis. Their colorations are very exotic and intricate. Can they stand the heat of our summer- 90's? Sun? Shade? Do they spread? Do deer like them?

    I'd love to try something new to us.

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  15. Dear Georgianna, I would love to see what you will produce with your excellent photography and Salpiglossis.

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  16. Hi Kim, thank you for stoppijg by and thank you also for becoming a follower...I so appreciate your support. Thank you.

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  17. Hello Mark, That is what flowers and plants do, they are great memory makers.

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  18. Hi Marydon, These flowers are pretty spectacular, aren't they. Thank you so much for your visit.

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  19. Hi La Vie, I do hope that you will give Salpiglossis a try. You will be rewarded by their sheer beauty

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  20. Hi Ann, Well, by golly, that is saying something. You don't know this flower! Few flowers self-seed around here...it is too cold in winter. I would definitely give them a try. Seeds are not difficult to find (Thompson & Morgan). Our deer do not show up until it snows. So I don't know. Salpiglossis are a bit temperamental. They are short lived annuals. I would try them in a large container first. I had to replace all of my soil this year because Salpiglossis have a tendency to wilt all of a sudden and when they are in full bloom. I think that some kind of little worm is responsible... the same little pest that shears off my pansies.

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  21. Hi Gina, Your flowers and photographs are beautiful. We have had a week of temperatures over 100 degrees and everything in our garden is frying. Thanks for joing my party.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  22. The Salpiglossis is very pretty and certainly does resemble its relative the petunia!

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  23. Hi Sherry, Love reading your blog posts. Most flowers don't like the heat...hope your temperatures will improve so that you can enjoy your beautiful surroundings.

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  24. Hi Shirley, Hope you give Salpiglossis a try. And, thank you for your visit.

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  25. Complimenti è bellissimo il tuo blog!
    Questi sono i fiori del tuo giardino?

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  26. Ciao Tilli, Grazie cori tanto per il vostro complimento molto piacevole. Si coltivo questi fiori meravigliori nel mio giardino.
    Grazia per la visita del mio blog e prego cerresti da ancora.
    Gina

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  27. Ciao Gina, ti ringrazio di essere passata da me!
    Sono diventata tua follower....

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  28. The flowers are simply stunning. It is nice to know the name of them.

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  29. Buongiorno Tilli, Gracie per trasformarsi in un seguace. La vostra chiamata e in modo da apprezzati.
    Thank you Tilli for becoming my newest follower. It is so appreciated.
    Gina

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  30. Hello Joyful, Thank you for visiting my blog. I see that you also love flowers and love to take pictures of them.

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  31. Thanks for sharing this beautiful *Weekendflowers* with us! :) LG Tina

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  32. i am fascinated of it too. beautiful. visiting from my weekend flower @ love home grow garden

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  33. Great pictures. I am your new follower. Stop by when you have a chance and follow if you like.
    Ohio Outdoors

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  34. Hi Mel, Maybe you will give Saliplossis a try next year. Thank you so much for your visit. Hope you stop by again.
    Gina

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  35. Hello Ohio, Thank you so much for becoming a Follower. It is so appreciated. I will be visiting and get to know Ohio a little better.

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  36. Hi Gina,
    oh yes, your Salpiglossis ARE fascinating. You captured their beauty in wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Hi Pia, I'm so glad you like my Salipiglossis. This morning I cut another bouquetof them. I never seem to get enough of their beautiful variations. Thank you for your visit...it is very much appreciated.

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