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There is something very serene and stable when I come and spend time in my Garden. These are my quiet moments where I seek God - listening and finding myself in that reflection. There are times when I'm not able to blog, If you have any questions or queries Do seek me out in Facebook and I will try my best to help you out.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Flame Violet in my Garden



Flame violets - What would I plant without you in my garden?
The amazing thing about this plant is they are not easy to plant but once they get the hang of it in the garden - they become the No;1 in the garden.

The older ones had all died - this is the new generation & hopefully they survive to produce another generation as they may not totally disappear during into matured planted and rot away.
That's what happens when one forget to propagate the existing ones.

You can notice my humming bird figurine here - they do look cool with the begonia & flame violets.












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This is a different species - notice: no stripes?
The difficult part about this one is growing very slowly - hopefully it would pick up its pace before dying.
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I had placed the green one on the ground and they seemed to be very happy there by the blue tiles. Hope nothing destroy them.
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This the black/white version - just wanted to see how cool they look in this tone.
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18 comments:

  1. Good Morning James.

    This is another new plant to me but I'm sure I see an odd coleus leaf in one of those pictures. I think I prefer the one with the striped leaves and its leaves are quite showy compared to its flowers. Well thats what I thought until I saw another photo of the flowers and realised that they were like little trumpets. I like the thickness and the hairyness of the leaves. Certainly quite a feature in the garden.

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  2. Yes, I like your bird figurines on the wall. The flame violets are growing well and you have artistically arranged them. Very sweet indeed.

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  3. I like the foliage colors and the blooms look cute too. I like how you hanged both the pots. You could also try two or three more if you can find appropriate plants that'd go with these beauties.

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  4. I had a long comment but it was gone not posted, tomorrow i will try again.

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  5. It's actually quite striking to see your plants in black and white! I like both versions. Love your hummingbirds too.

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  6. Beautiful, James. Is it a Gesneriad?

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  7. James, your humming birds figures do look very pretty together with all plants. Never saw Flame violets before, nice foliages and pretty little flowers too! I love the begonia, what kind is that?

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  8. Ooh, I like those flame violets! Very pretty...and the begonias and coleus as well. I have to say my instinct, though, is to pull at those moss strands I see growing among your treasures. ; ) Sorry...it's the first thought that pops in my head.

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  9. James
    I always enjoy your posts so much. It feels as if I'm able to visit the tropics, if only briefly and in the virtual world!
    Do stop by my new site if you have a moment. It's taking shape.
    Cheers,
    Alice
    aka Bay Area Tendrils

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  10. Hi James, Nice plants. I love learning about the plants that won't grow here...kind of broadens my horizons a bit.

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  11. I am back to you James, as i promised last night when the laptop doesnt want a long comment. I did not know that this is called 'flame violet', as all along we call them Episcia, its genus. I've been fascinated by them also as an undergrad because it doesnt die even without much care. I just water them a bit and its leaves get very vigorous and very succulent. It just needs a vell drained very porous soil. That is the type you can really put under your light-challenged conditions, esp under your eaves. As you can see they love it there. There are still a lot of varieties than those, i remember i had the very big leaves, another has pink flowers and some more.

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  12. Your hanging pot of flame violet is beautiful! Love the way you hung it together with begonias. Yes, some species is harder to propagate. I have one apple green one that's quite hard to propagate. The growth is really slow as well. But I hope once they are rooted well, then they will grow faster.

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  13. Rosie - Thanks, I forgot to mentioned that few coleus seemed to grow together with these violets. I just love the combination.
    I think flame violets can grow in your region - just like African violets.

    Penny - It is very much known as Episcia from a Gesneriad family.

    Ami - the begonia at the back is Cane Begonia, the ones hanging together are Black Velvet Begonia - you can click on the right-handside on the labels to check more of their pics & details.

    Floridagirl - Ohh no.. I know its a pest in your place but these mosses are considered an envied treasure among my neighbourhood. Nothing like these grow easily in my region.

    Andrea - thanks a lot for your second comment.
    Espicia is a bit rare in my place -the common ones are just these two (the bronze & the green) I guess the varigated types do take a longer time to adjust here.

    Thanks you all for all the lovely thoughtful comments on my hummingbird, begonia & these flame violets - appreciate it very much.

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  14. Hi James,
    I grew the dark colored leaves flame violet a long time ago as a houseplant, but I'm thinking it was called chocolate something or other. Maybe it was just something that looked like it, though.

    Your hummingbirds are so pretty!

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  15. Sue - Yes I have come across that "chocolate something" but never seen a life one in my region though.

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  16. One of our favourite plants for hanging pots and groundcovers, we grow the more common varieties that have distinct veination and variegation. Nonetheless, I enjoy seeing your varieties (recall seeing a beautiful image of yours, with them draped marvelously long over the pot), though I think are less hardy and difficult to manage. Thumbs up to you for your success with them.
    Your first photo above with the hummers is so cool, a winner for me. :)

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  17. Can you please tell me the name of the green and white plant that is in bottom of the picture. I have a pot with it and dont know the name


    Maxine, Jamaica

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