Friday, January 8, 2010

Blooming Friday of Tropical Flowers

Our spring is already here, and the plants have started flowering profusely. The lemon yellow blossoms of the Shrimp plant Pachystachis lutea have covered the bush.
THe Bird of Paradise flower, Strelitzia regina has also started flowering. This beautiful flower was named aftera queen.

The Mysore Clock Vine Thunbergia mysorensis is flowering in clusters from the treetops. The flowers hang like chandeliers from the Amla tree.


The bromeliad flower is becoming bigger day by day, but the other bromeliads have not been encouraged to flower.



You can clearly see the blue 'bird' in the Bird of Paradise flower.
Please visit Katarina at Roses and Stuff for more Blooming Friday posts.




21 comments:

  1. Ah, these are lovely. Especially when it's snowing again outside here. Thanks for sharing them.

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  2. Someday I'll have to grow the Mysore clock vine. Do you think it would come back from the roots in zone 9?

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  3. The flowers of Thunbergia mysorensis are beautiful!

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  4. So, you have spring and here is deepest winter with a terrible cold and lots of snow. Your pictures make me long!

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  5. I have seen them all in real life , I hav ebeen to India doing my studys. Maria Berg

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  6. Nice to hear that you have spring now! Beautiful flowers. :-)

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  7. Lovely blooms! I find the Bird of Paradise extremely fascinating!

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  8. Nice pictures! The Bird of Paradise is also flowering now here in Spain.

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  9. You bring me back to summer! Such a delightful post! We're deep in snow here and summer is far, far away...
    Happy Blooming Friday!

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  10. Lovely tropical flowers. I like really take a trip to a tropical country when I see your picturs. Lena/isis

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  11. When does the Mysore Clock vine start flowering? I've had mine planted from cuttings since April 2009 and hasn't flowered. I train it on a horizontal wire trellis. Any tips?

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  12. Thanks for your comments, friends. Here in the tropical region, there is not much difference between winter and spring!
    Rainforest Gardener, I think Mysore Clock vine would do well in zone 9, if you take a little care.
    Blackdove, the vine started flowering after it became one year old, in my case. Perhaps your vine will take a little more time as it has to mature before it flowers.

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  13. Thanx Lotusleaf.
    How thick was the main trunk/stem of the vine when it flowered? Does it flower in all months of the year? Just the warmer months? Do you put any fertilizer?

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  14. Happy Spring ... we are still dreaming of its return. How lucky for you to have so many beautiful blooms. Your post is lively ... your photos are great and fill my longing heart with smiles. ;) Carol

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  15. They are beautiful all of them but that Bird of paradise is absolutely my favorite, I can't resist to buy it when offered a put in a vase :)

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  16. Blackdove, The main stem was about 1 inch thick when it started flowering. It has not stopped flowering since 6 months, although it is flowering in great profusion now. But I live in the tropics, with temperature ranging from 15deg Celsius to 40 degree Celsius, never less! All the best with your plant!

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  17. Yikes, I've a lot more waiting to do then. The main stem is still less than a half-inch thick. I live in the Philippines where it's roughly the same weather I believe - although I hear Bangalore is cooler. I'm certainly looking forward for the day of the first bloom of the Mysore Clock Vine! Thanx.

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  18. your Mysore Clock Vine looks superb...I am in Orissa now and i used to be in Bangalore...I want to acquire the vine...Can you please suggest me some nursery which can post the climber or some other way can be found...

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  19. Please let me know about your Email account, if you wont mind..I am just in love with that plant

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  20. Hi Lotusleaf. I never thought I'd be posting again, but yep, my Mysore rewarded us with its first bloom - after almost 2 years!
    See my blog entry here.

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  21. Wonderful to see your blog. Keep it up...!

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