Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sizzling iceplant

After lunch I happened to peek over the 4-ft. fence that surrounds our front yard and my bleary eyes feel upon this sizzling sight:

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Drosanthemum micans

An iceplant in full bloom! Not only that, it’s also the first iceplant this year to flower. I could swear it wasn’t blooming yesterday, but I don’t always look at this particular corner of the front yard. Plus, when iceplant flowers are closed—which is pretty much whenever the sun isn’t shining on them—they are difficult to spot; a closed iceplant flower doesn’t give away the vibrant colors inside.

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This stunning iceplant is Drosanthemum micans. I bought it in April 2012 at Annie’s Annuals so it’s been in the ground for almost a year. It’s almost tripled in size but this is the first time it’s bloomed.

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According to Annie’s web site, Drosanthemum micans forms a mound up to 2½ ft. tall and 3 ft. across. If and when that happens, people on the other side of the street will be blinded by the vibrant colors!

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I’ve got my eye on another Drosanthemum from Annie’s, Drosanthemum speciosum. I’ll pick one up at this year’s Spring Party on April 13.

4 comments:

  1. Wow! How long will they bloom for?

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  2. Annie's web site says it's everblooming along the coast. Time will tell how long it will bloom here. Hopefully for a few months at least...

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  3. That one is a real poke in the eye! I bought three ice plants at the Northwest Flower Show, one with orange and pink flowers. That one might hurt my eyes too.

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  4. Love the hot colour of those blooms Gerhard!

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