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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - Purple

 
Purple is a sneaky color. It slips off into blue on one end, and magenta/pink on the other. At least one of these flowers looks definitely pink by comparison, but taken on it's own, seems more fuchsia/magenta to me. Anyway... there are a lot of flowers in this span of purpleish at the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show

These miniature iris, mixed with hyacinth sure look like spring, whether you see them as blue or purple.

Philadelphia Flower Show - purple

These dainty little flowers are on a Pelargonium sidoides, basically a geranium, just a different genus in the same family. Very deep purple.

Philadelphia Flower Show - purple

This luscious thing took a blue ribbon. It's a Loropetalum chinense, or a Chinese Fringe Tree.

Philadelphia Flower Show - purple

Don't forget Gynura aurantiaca, the Purple Passion or Velvet plant. It's a pretty common houseplant, and those velvety purple leaves are why. I've killed a couple- it really doesn't like having its soil get dry.

Philadelphia Flower Show - purple

Here's another true purple, Angelonia, sometimes called summer snapdragon, not to be confused with the annual snapdragons. This one is 'Balarchpur' Archangel Purple.

Philadelphia Flower Show - purple

Now for another dark, dark purple and exotic. This is an orchid, Prosthechea cochleata. It's the national flower of Belize, where it is known as the black orchid.

Philadelphia Flower Show - purple

Now, we'll come back to "is it purple or is it pink?" Behind the delphiniums it sure looks pink. At any rate, it's a beautiful Azalea, which is much easier to grow.

Philadelphia Flower Show - purple

And finally, I'll take you back for another orchid, but the focus on the picture of its label is so bad I can't read it at all. I can only tell you it's gorgeous and won a blue ribbon.

Philadelphia Flower Show - purple

This ends the Flower Show color wheel. But as long as nothing else is exciting to see, I'll show you a few more things. I never get tired of looking at interesting plants.

In other news: I did some writing, and some sorting and odds and ends, and took a 4-mile walk. So much for today.

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019- Blue

 
It's really difficult to find flowers that are true blue. They tend to wander off toward purple. But I think these displays capture blue blue.

The color you place with blue makes a big difference in its perception. Here is a pale blue grape hyacinth with white tulips. Since I think blue and white together is close to perfection, you can be quite certain I liked this. (Possibly Muscari botryoides)

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - blue

Here, the blue stands out because its been paired with real purple. This is another of the displays based on color like the green one shown yesterday. Blue is for "Genesis... Awakening... Arise..." Larkspur are the blue here.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - blue

Next up is a kind of goofy display. I liked it, but an awful lot of people didn't. This was part of the same display as the orange from a few days ago with neon tubes. The point of the displays was how people interacted with plants. The stacks of painted paper plates look to me sort of like ancient crinoid stems (fossil plants). Blue and purple are mixed. There are various blue/purple flowers tucked in beside the stacks.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - blue
If you are thinking of a classic garden and say "blue," someone is sure to answer "delphinium." And sure enough, we have some.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - blue

I'm pretty sure this is Corydalis flexuosa, blue fumitory. I couldn't find a label. And the picture is not in focus. Bummer on so many levels! It is a beautiful pale blue and delicate, perhaps the variety 'China blue.'

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - blue

Finally, this Anemone coronaria 'Mister Fokker' won a red ribbon in its class.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - blue

I hope you are enjoying the colors. It's still gray and brown here.

In other news: I did laundry and hung the clothes outside today. They did get dry even though it was cold. Love that fresh outdoor scent. I worked on North Country Quest in the morning, and then wrote something for North Star in the afternoon. Took a 3 mile walk. That pretty much does in the day.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - Green

 
You might think that at something like the Philadelphia Flower Show, entirely dedicated to plants, that green would be too obvious. But there are many shades of green. It was hard, but I picked just a few to showcase today.

The darling of the 2019 show was a new variety of Hellebore, the Lenten Rose, that has a greenish white flower. It's nestled here with some small hybrid roses with dark green foliage, dusty miller, foamflower, and a maroon Heuchera.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - green

I liked this selection of greens not only for the various shades, but the shapes. It's part of the World Cup exhibit by the UK.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - green

Next up is a startling yellow-green fern. Not only the color is startling. This is a Boston Fern, Nephrolepis exaltata. But it's a finely cut cultivar called 'Suzi Wong.' Weird!

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - green

For varieties of green it was hard to been this topiary turtle with so many succulents. I really liked this one. It only took second place in the topiaries, probably because the winner was a classic one with ivy over a frame that was exquisitely done, with no bare spots. But, I still like the turtle.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - green

This next bouquet comes from a commercial florist exhibit that had one display for each color with motivational words. For green they chose things like Accomplishment, Victory, Climbing the Mountain, Glory, etc.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - green

Green can be so many things. This succulent won a ribbon in its class. It's a cross between a Gastera and an Aloe, called, duh, Gasteraloe. This variety is 'Green Ice.' I like it!

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - green

For a parting shot, we'll go to dark green and fuzzy. This is a Petrocosmea rosettifolia, and this specimen won a blue ribbon. I had to look this up to find out more about it. It's a relative of the African Violet, but comes from China. When it blooms, it has beautiful asymmetrical flowers on stems that grow up from the rosette. But I would consider even the leaves very attractive.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - green

It was hard to pick just a few, but you'll see more beautiful variations on green in some other categories I hope to share. It's still cold and gloomy here. Very windy today.

In other news: I finished taking notes from the tape I've been working on this morning, and cleaned up the living room in the afternoon. Just for a moment I had a strong urge to clear and clean my office. But it was not irresistible. Too bad... I'd really like my office to be clean, but it's never yet offered to do it by itself.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - Yellow

 
Yellow is one of my two favorite colors, and I sure enjoyed the sunny displays at the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show.

This is one part of a huge commercial exhibit by Flowers by David. Not so much in this particular arrangement, but they combined the yellow with salmon pink, which sounds awful to me, but it really looked beautiful together.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - yellow

Back to the World Cup exhibits. This is just part of one of the arrangements by Russia, but I like how light and airy it looks- like sunshine.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - yellow

Pocket Gardens was another category of competitions in the Standard Flower Show. They were supposed to be on the theme of healing herbs. This one tied for the blue ribbon. It's called "Celestial Garden of Healing." The judges used words like "clever... detail... unusual herbs."

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - yellow

Here's another piece from the Czech World Cup entry. I like how natural it looks. I can imagine a trellis at the end of a porch.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - yellow

Back to the pocket gardens, with the other first place entry. This one was my favorite pocket garden. I liked how everything tied together. It's called "Cascading Sunlight." Judges used words like "exuberant... exciting... powerful."

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - yellow
Today, I'll bring you an orchid. Can you believe I'm not so crazy about orchids? They get so much attention from the whole world... maybe I just like the underdogs because they get less recognition. But this one sure is yellow! It's a Cattlianthe Blazing Sun.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - yellow

Here, it was gray all day, but just a bit ago, that yellow ball in the sky showed up. I didn't walk at all again today. A friend called and wanted to go to lunch so I did that and some errands. Worked on tape notes this morning, and stuff for the North Star magazine after I got home.

The new motor on the furnace pump is really noisy. Bummer. Debating whether to complain about it. For what it cost one might expect it to be quieter.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - Orange

 
Let's just go through the colors at the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show. Next up is orange.

I'll start with an interesting cactus in bloom. It's a Parodia, a genus of cactus native to South America. (Doesn't seem to fit that genus to me, but I'm no cactus expert.)

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - orange

This is the winner in one of the miniature contests, the theme of which was "Light My Fire." Plant materials are a Ginger blossom, and Curly Ting-ting, a dried grass.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - orange

Next up is one of the displays from a commercial exhibit called Happy Together. It's supposed to explore relationships between plants and people. It had one section for each color with neon tubes. I'm not sure I understand this one but it sure is orange.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - orange

Tulips are always wonderful to see in early spring. They never disappoint.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - orange

And I love the variety and colors of Begonias. You may see a whole day of them.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - orange

Can't let you go without one more kind of tulip.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - orange

Finally, this is from the World Cup exhibit by Korea.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - orange

The furnace is fixed. Can't say I mind. It didn't get below 58 in the house, but it's nice to have indoor spaces be indoorsy. I finished the book I needed to read, and wrote in the morning. Didn't accomplish much else. The forecast was rain, so I didn't walk. Should have... no rain.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 - Red or Bright Pink

 
Just pretty pictures from the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show today. I'm tired, and need to do an easy post. Even though red and pink aren't my favorites, I love bold color, so they get to participate. I'll just tell you the plant or exhibit. Many of them I don't know the exact variety anyway.

This is a Clivia, relative of the Amaryllis.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019- red

Next up is a portion of one of the World Cup displays, from the Czech Republic.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019- red

I loved these tulips!

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019- red

And the Croton, much seen as a tropical house plant. But it really has spectacular leaves.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019- red

Next we have a Cyclamen, but this is particularly nice because of the large and ruffled petals.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019- red

More red tulips, pure red this time.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019- red

And finally, this is beginning to fade into pastels, but I'm sticking it in this group anyway. This is part of the World Cup display from Finland. Notice the marshmallows!

Philadelphia Flower Show 2019- red

In other news: I tightened up and added to "Screaming Monkeys," and cleaned up the previously written "Wish You Were Here." Tomorrow, I'll be back to making notes from the next tape. I walked 5 miles, did shopping and errands, and went to bell practice. The furnace is on the fritz, and it's not going to be a cheap fix. Sigh. I'm thinking bed and a book soon.

I'm starting to feel slightly guilty at not bringing you local joys, but it's March. Flower show pictures are much better for a while. Color!

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