Saturday, March 19, 2011

End Summer blooms

While I was wandering around outside, I noticed that we actually don't have many flower blooming as autumn approaches. So I took some photos to cheer us up during winter.This accidental sunflower growing in the hanging pot together with portulaca, viola and dianthus bring back fond memories. Not sure how sunflower seed got into that hanging basket but it still can grow about a metre tall. Someone must be really hungry look at the leaves.
Amaranth flower look like fox tail.
Lilliput Zinnia has been the best flower to bloom all through this summer at our place. Providing some colours for the veggie patch. Nice as patch border and act as a shade for eggplants from receiving too much sun which sometime can scorch the fruits.
Portulaca always happy when the sun is out. Miss the sun on gloomy days.
Gaillardia bright faces give colour on one the partial shade patch.

Periwinkle.
Have a nice weekend!
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28 comments:

Mom of M&Ms said...

I am so sorry.. The linky is not to link up until tonight at midnight.. Blogger was scheduled to post the whole post at midnight tonight and posted it early...UUURRGGG!

I love your flowers.... LOVE THEM!

Bangchik said...

Wonderful to see flowers going for the last fling.... as summer is leaving...

Hafiz said...

First of all I would like to thank you for the seed that you have sent to me earlier. I received it about a month ago. I've started planting all of them but on 3 of them has sprouting so far (Evening sunflover, poppy and Calendula). The rest seems to be sleeping still. Not sure they will start sprouting anytime soon. Have been busy lately with the class and all.. but gardening has to go on! ;)

One said...

I like accidents like that. Sunflower blooming in a hanging pot. It's quite an unlikely place to be at. You do have beautiful Zinnias. At one point you mentioned they were not growing well for you. Did you grow those periwinkles? Mine actually grew on its own. I like surprises like this.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Still lots of gorgeous blooms!
*hugs*deb

Ray said...

Beautiful flower shots!!

milka said...

So fast summer is leaving. A new season for a new batch of veggies, don't know should i envy or not? As it also means a lot of gardening work for you too. This morning i've harvested the evening sun sunflower seeds, the very dark (shining black) ones are from the dual colours, and the brownish ones are from the yellow flowers, just for your information :)

CathJ said...

Oh my fav flower... the sun flower....^_^...

Rosie@leavesnbloom said...

My favourite is the Portulaca flowers - I've admired those flowers in books for years and years but I've never seen one so pretty as the apricot coloured one you have in your garden.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Mom of M&Ms~I was a bit surprised when I saw it started much earlier than usual.

Bangchik~Hopefully there are still some cheery bloom left in the garden during cool season.

Hafiz~ You are taking course study? Hopefully they will sprout for you soon.

Kwee Peng~ Our periwinkle grows by its own too. Those zinnias were struggling a bit at first, just started to be very bushy and blooming profusely.

Dragonfly Treasure, Ray~Thank you.

Milka~It will be interesting to see whether you get the same colour offspring from those seeds you save.Penat lo...this month and probably next month banyak kerja in the garden. I still have not finished sowing cool season seeds and my sowing rack is almost full.

CathJ~Happy that the accidental sunflower make you smile.

takaeko said...

I can be relaxed when seeing beautiful flowers.
In the next few weeks, we can see cherry blossoms blooming in Japan.
I'm looking forward to having "Ohanami party" or a party under a Sakura tree.

Mom of M&Ms said...

Beautiful.... as always.. thank sfor dealing with the linky mess up!

Still praying for your little one..
I meant to tell you the other day.. the celery in your header... where I grew up in the midwestern United States, there are a lot of Amish people.. they grow celery in their gardens if one of the children is going to get married.. That way, the whole community knows that a wedding will take place in the fall.

rainfield61 said...

Your sunflower is as tall as my computer screen.

Tootsie said...

HAHAHA!!! I LOVE IT! that accidental sunflower made me smile!!! I have plantings like that sometimes too! your flaunt was wonderful...the portulaca photo looks just fantastic!
It is almost spring here...and you guys are looking at fall already...it just blows me away! I hope you have a great weekend...thanks for linking in with me!

Michelle said...

While I am sorry to hear that summer is ending for you, I'm so excited for spring to come here! :) You have some very pretty shots to help you through the cold winter! :) Love the last one the best! Those are some of the coolest little flowers!

Green Lane Allotments said...

YOu still have some lovely flowers - ours are just beginning to get going. Birds are good at sowing sunflower seeds so maybe a bird planted the one in the habging basket!

Hafiz said...

Yeap MKG.. I'm doing coursework.. it is going to get pretty intense soon.. but I love it!

Photogal said...

Thanks for your kind words on my blog. You are quite the gardener and I love the captures of your flowers.

Lrong said...

Wooh, so nice to see so many nice pics of your flowers...

Mark Willis said...

The sunflower bloom looks impressive even if the leaves are ragged. I put out sunflower seeds for the birds to eat, and some of them do tend to get distributed around the garden...

Bom said...

Beautiful flowers to look at through winter Diana. The sunflower surprise made me smile.

Mrs Bok - The Bok Flock said...

Love that sunflower! :)
Hope Rayyan is much better

The Gardener said...

Apa khabar?

Thank you for visiting my garden blog. I'm glad you did because it led me to your beautiful kebun.
I know a little BM because I taught English in Malaysia before. Anyways, I think I will be your regular visitor here.
Loved the sunflower photo with the brick background. Is it called "Bunga Matahari" in BM?

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Takaeko~ Ohanami ikitaina. sorosoro sochi haru desune.

Mom of M &her Ms~ What a lovely way to announce a wedding. Thank you for telling me that custom.

Rainfield61~ In reality the bloom is much smaller than her other siblings.

Tootsie~ Your party is always so much fun. Thank you for hosting.

Michelle~ I am sure you will share with us a lot of pretty flowers from your spring garden and help us keep warm.

Sue~Most probably the birds doing;-).

Hafiz~Good luck with your studies.

Photogal~ Thank you for visiting and have a nice weekend.

Lrong~ I wonder if you are still in LA or nihon?

Mark~ We have sunflower seedlings popping out from the compost at the moment. We suddenly had a fig tree growing in our garden. Must be the seeds carried by the bird.

Bom~I like this kind of surprises.

Mrs. Bok~ Thank you. He is much better and getting more active and fast.

The gardener~ You do know BM language very well. Yes it is know as Bunga matahari.

Hughbert said...

Pretty flowers... my first sowing of sunflowers is long gone but I have a smaller secondary sowing that is looking ok. But my jerusalem artichokes are really flowering, hundreds of yellow daisy-like flowers on their 2.5m high stems. Soon they'll be ready to pull and eat the tubers. I'm also starting some perennial sunflowers (Maximilian sunflower) this year to see how they go.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Hughbert~ Good Luck with the sunflowers. I have never seen jerusalem artichokes plant but must be similar with sunflower as they are from the same family. Wish I can try grow some jerusalem artichoke if you know where I can get them locally. I tied visiting your blog but have no access;-).

Hughbert said...

Hi MKG. No blog just yet but I plan to start one very soon.

With jerusalem artichokes, they are super easy to grow. Look out in the markets for them around April-May which is their harvest time. They don't have any real disease problems like potato. Buy a few tubers (I started with 10 small ones and put them in 3 clumps). Just stick them in the ground and cover with soil, they will get plenty of rain over winter to get them started. Be aware they can persist and spread, when you harvest the tubers it is hard to find all of them sometimes and they will come up next year, so make sure they are in a place where you can control them if this is an issue for you. The only effort in growing them is in pulling them out and eating them, I've given mine complete neglect, zero watering, and they have thrived. My favourite kind of plant :-)

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Hughbert~ Plant without needing TLC is certainly one of the things I must grow. One of my blogging friend this suggested to me to grow Jerusalem artichokes because it can be suitable for my partial shade patch. I received some before last August in one of our local fruit and veggie swap community and thought it was ginger at first glance. It was my first time looking at real Jerusalem artichokes.