Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Two first-time bloomers

I’m excited because two plants that have never flowered in our garden are blooming now.

The first is an Australian cordyline (Cordyline australis), one of two in our backyard. Check this post for background info and photos.

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Cordyline australis

The flowers aren’t that impressive when viewed up close…

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…but from a distance the inflorescence looks light, airy and quite elegant.

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After flowering, cordylines typically branch (see here). It will be interesting to see if my plant will follow that rule. I’m just as curious to know when our 2nd cordyline will bloom. They were bought and planted at the same time and are the same height so it shouldn’t be long.

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The second plant starting to bloom is much smaller and was planted just 15 months ago from a 1-gallon container. It’s a Grevillea ‘Superb’, a cross between a white-flowered Grevillea banksii and a red-flowered Grevilla bipinnatifida.

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Grevillea ‘Superb’

This is the first inflorescence on this specimen and I’m quite excited. The colors are more muted than what I had expected but it’s possible that they will get darker in the days to come.

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I look forward to the day when this grevillea is larger and has more than one lonesome inflorescence. It should be quite a sight.

3 comments:

  1. Love the subtle pink colour of the Grevillea blooms! And Cordyline at the peak of its flowering looks like fireworks exploding :)

    Let us know what you think about the scent of cordyline flowers, some love it whilst some hate it so I'm curious what you'll think about it!

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  2. Seems like quite a milestone having a Cordyline bloom - and it's quite lovely. And any Grevillea flower is gorgeous in my book. Congrats!

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