Named after Charles Bouvard, the personal physician to Louis XIII and the superintendent of the Royal Gardens in Paris, modern varieties of bouvardia have names such as Pink Luck, Albatross and Royal Katty. Their star-like flowers grow in clusters on thin, branching stems, like small flower bouquets in soft shades of pink, white, yellow, salmon and red. With a delicate scent and feminine appearance, in the language of flowers, bouvardia represent enthusiasm.
An easy shrub with sunny yellow flowers that are produced all through the winter sounds like a dream come true. The only catch is that for Abutilon ‘Canary Bird’ to perform like this you need a conservatory, light porch or spacious window.
Abutilons are easy and vigorous. They are hardy to -5C, and so are ideal for a cool conservatory or a sheltered south-facing wall. Mine grows in a cool conservatory, and I am very happy with this wonderful plant!
P. officinalis is a semi-evergreen perennial to 30cm tall, with broad leaves spotted freely with greenish-white, and clusters of flowers opening pink and soon changing to blue, in spring…
This basket full of joy is on Flickr, and FAA since yesterday. I wanted to share it/them here as well. I like this bouquet very much: the colours are warm and welcoming in these cold days…
Have a warm, and beautiful day 🙂
How extraordinary it must be to live in South Africa, and be able to look out the window to see Pincushion Protea bushes in full bloom. These brilliantly coloured flowers are striking, not only because of their appearance, but also for their unusual structure and pollination sequence.
The following image shows a colourful bloom. What you are looking at appears to be a single flower, but it is not! In fact, this is a composite bloom , made up of many small flowers and colourful bracts (modified leaves). The bright orange-red stalks that emanate from the flower-head, (the pins in the pincushion), are actually the pistils of individual flowers. Each stalk consists of an orange column called the style, which supports a bright red pointed stigma (the female organ of the flower). In this plant the pistil’s function is more complicated than normal.