Monday, February 14, 2011

Pink Bloomers - GBBD February 2011

This pink flowers are blooming profusely since last weekend, in time for the Garden Bloggers' Blooming Day! I have no idea about the name of the plant with the silvery small green leaves. Very seldom I buy a big pot of plant, it's not only very heavy, the cost of course will include the big pot. Usually I will buy seedlings in poly bags because they are cheaper. What was I thinking when I bought it, to make a topiary? You know the one with round balls of leaves on it! But I dont know anything about making topiary, what if I ruin the whole tree! I guess I bought this plant because then it had a bit of pink flowers, here and there, very attractive and it tugged at the heartstrings, begging me to take it home. At one glance it looked like a big pot of bougainvillaea. After a week, the flowers became dry and dropped off and it had not shown any bloom since then. There went my topiary!

Texas Sage

(thank you to Islandgal246 for letting me know the name of this plant)

Since last week with bouts of heavy rain and scorching hot days, it started to show lots of flower buds. Then slowly they opened and the whole plant was blooming with their pretty pink flowers!

Texas Sage is a desert plant, very hardy and drought resistant


The tree before it bloomed with pink flowers

pink bloomers




a bit like bougainvillaea...without the thorns


blooming for Garden Bloggers' Blooming Day

Somebody did recognised this plant as Texas Sage. Thank you Helen (Islandgal246) for letting me know the name. I have googled it and it showed the plant in a bush form in dry conditions. It can be propagated by stem cuttings though I was told by the nursery owner, it can be propagated by stem grafting. I have not tried stem grafting yet though I would love to try it at least once to get the experience. So that's my blooms for today's Garden Bloggers' Blooming Day hosted by Carol of May Dreams Garden. Why not take a look whether there's anything blooming in her wintery cold garden. Soon spring is coming, so there must be something showing their heads there.


29 comments:

lotusleaf said...

What a beautiful plant! I would like to know its name too.
Thanks for offering the stylish award to me, but I don't have the time to accept it as we are having tests etc. now in school. Thanks anyway.

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

This really is a pretty plant, but I would only be guessing. I looks similar to a plant I have, but the leaves are different. I do like the silvery color though.

p3chandan said...

Thanks Lotusleaf. Its ok about the Stlylish Award, I know its quite time consuming to put up the post.

Thank you Donna..I love the small silvery leaves too and of course the pink flowers!

Alistair said...

The silver leaves suggests that it is a plant that is happy in quite dry conditions. However it has me stumped.

carolynsshadegardens.com said...

Despite its weight, I think you have a winner. Beautiful silver leaves and gorgeous pink flowers, as Shakespeare said A rose by any other name....I better stop there before I screw up the quote. Happy GBBD, Carolyn

islandgal246 said...

Looks like Texas sage to me , we have that here on the island. The silvery leaves also indicates that it can be grown near the seaside. Beautiful pink blooms. Happy Blooms day to you too!

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Very lovely plant. But I am afraid my flower naming knowledge is really bad. I hope you get it identified though. Would be nice to use the plant to cover fences I reckon.

Carol said...

What a lovely and gracious looking shrub! I love the delicate cut silver leaves with the contrasting rose magenta blooms! Beautiful!! You can keep the shape by simply pruning around slightly once the blooms are finished. I would not severely cut it back into a ball though. I love the form of it now.

Plantaliscious said...

No idea what it is, but it is very pretty!

p3chandan said...

Alistair, you are right, this is the Texas Sage a desert plant which is very hardy and drought resistant. Just found out from Islandgal246.

Thank you Carol, it is a beauty when its blooming.

Islandgal246, God bless you and hugs from me for letting me know its name. Yes Ive googled it, and indeed it is Texas Sage! Thank you so much! Happy Blooms Day to you too.

Diana, its called Texas Sage and can be grown as hedges.

Thank you Carol for teaching me how to prune the plant, Texas Sage. I can use the cut stems to propagate too!

Thanks Janet, its a very lovely sight to behold when blooming and its called Texas Sage.

HolleyGarden said...

Being from Texas, we have a lot of Texas sage around here, but it's not blooming at this time. However, I usually see it as an overgrown, kind of scraggly, bush. Yours, however, looks lovely. I adore the way yours is grown as a standard. I will have to steal that idea!

p3chandan said...

Thank you Holley, as Carol said, pruning it will make it look better than a scraggly bush.

Jennifer said...

I don't know what it is, but it's lovely with all those purple blooms!

Malar said...

Beautiful pink flower! I never seen them before! They look good with & without flower!

Stephanie said...

Once I saw this plant in polybag, I thought of getting it but in the end I bought another plant. Your idea of getting a bigger plant to create a topiary is a good idea! Hope you see a big ball soon :-D

Bangchik said...

Great colour.... oh, how i miss my senduduk!! haha.

Mac_fromAustralia said...

What gorgeous unusual colours that plant has!

p3chandan said...

Jennifer..I was told its Texas Sage.

Malar, I agree with you on that!

Steph, will try to prune it nicely not to get the plant too bald!

Bangchik, yes its almost the same colour of senduduk but more shocking!

Mac, its Texas Sage I was told and the blooms are shocking pink!

Rosey said...

They are precious! I can't resist pink flowers.

p3chandan said...

Thanks Rosey, me too!

Masha said...

Your Texas Sage pictures are so lovely. What a talented photographer you are. I also loved Cat's Whiskers, such an unusual plant, I don't think I have ever seen it before.

Thank you once again for coming to my blog.

p3chandan said...

Thank you Masha for your compliments about my photography, Im just an amateur actually. Cat's whiskers is a tropical plant, also found in Hawaii and Australia.

Elaine said...

I love the contrast of the pink blossoms against the sage, silvery green leaves.

threedogsinagarden said...

I have never seen Texas sage before. I like the way the deep pink flowers are set off by the cool grey leaves.

p3chandan said...

Elaine, their silvery grayish green leaves make the pink blooms looked so eyecatching.

Jennifer, Im surprised you havent seen Texas sage before, it being native of Texas and Mexico and even planted in Southern USA, Florida and now South East Asian countries.

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Sunray said...

Wow I really like that. Have to check to see if it's hardy up here.
Cher
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Sun-ni Mi-ni Gardener said...

Hello P3Chandran ---

This plant goes by the name of Leucophyllum, and one of its common name is the Barometer Bush...(aside from Texas Sage) apparently called so because you will notice buds forming due to high humidity --- (after a couple of days or so, the buds will bloom... I also have one of these plants....I loved it very much as I think it is so beautiful....especially when it blooms !

p3chandan said...

Ok Mr Lonely, will look up later.Thanks for dropping by.

Cher, it is a hardy plant, draught resistant, thrives well in the hot sun.

Sun-ni, thank you for letting me know its other name. Yes it is beautiful when the tree is covered in pink blooms!