Anemones, Passion Flowers, and Alstroemerias

The weather has been warming up a bit in Southern California this week and I am seeing some pretty amazing flowers out in my backyard. This time I have the prettiest anemones, passion flowers, and alstroemerias in the greatest shades of purples and pinks.

Bluish purple anemones
Magenta-like shades of purple anemones in the early stage of bloom
Anemone changed to lavender colors by the next day or so.

Anemones is my new favorite flower this year. I recently discovered these delicate poppy-like flowers earlier this January. I bought the two above purple and pink anemones from my local Walmart a few weeks ago. The roots were root-bound and the leaves were yellowing from neglect but I am happy to say I was able to save those two. They seemed to be very happy and flowering. The pink is dark pink before it opens up but changed to lighter colors of purples and pinks as time goes by after it bloomed.

The passion flower plant vigorously climbing on a trellis entrance leading to my garden.

The above pictures are my purple passion flower plant. Isn’t that a magnificent and unusual flower? These pictures are from my first flower from that plant. The rest of the bulbs are coming but it has been several days and they haven’t made an appearance. I can’t wait for them all to pop out and eventually turn to fruit. I’m not quite sure how that works yet whether the flower turns to fruit later on or does it require another passion flower to pollinate. I will post later on if it ever becomes a fruit.

The above picture is my purple alstroemeria. I love this color of alstroemeria. It is truly that vibrant and stunning in the garden. This is the first time I’ve seen it flower and I’ve had it for at least one year.

I will leave you with a collection of some of my other favorite plants and flowers that did not managed to get a full post on its own.

Two beautiful hibiscus plants above: orange hibiscus and a deep red hibiscus.

Picotee amaryllis

Strawberry pot
Flower buds from my Red Baron peach tree

Statice

Statice is one of the best cut flower you can grow.  They last more than a week in a vase.  I love them for this very reason.  I started these statice seeds sometime in December of 2019 and by June 2020 they were already blooming.  I had a statice mix so some of the plants are blue, white, yellow, and pink.   

The statice plant is not a common plant that you can find at a local nursery.  I found these while stumbling through seed catalogs. I don’t believe the seeds for this plant can be found in the seed section of the nursery either.

Statice are easiest to grow from seeds.  I found them easy to grow in full sun and somewhat dryer soil conditions. I have never had to fertilize mine and they still look great.  It is a tough, long-growing plant from what I can tell.  This is my first time growing them so I’m not sure how long they will live but based on research, it seems they will live probably well into winter.  I am happy to report it is still thriving and growing in my garden so I don’t think it will die back any time soon. 

Just a quick update on the seeds I grew from this post called “Growing Seeds“, I mistakenly left these seedlings to grow next to my sweet pea plants which had been outside.  Some spidery pests attacked the seedlings and now they are dying as you can see below.  I am so sad to see all my poppies dying.  Some of the carrots, beets, cilantro, lavender, and kale were salvageable. I think for my Christmas vacation I will grow a new batch of all of these again.  I will try to salvage whatever I can with these ones for now.  I’m hoping to put these out in my raised bed soon. 

On a happier note, I finally purchased myself an inexpensive amaryllis bulb and it is starting to emerge as you can see from the picture here. I can’t wait for this pink beauty to emerge!