It was the Purple Queen with its tiny lavender blooms on the back porch that caught my attention through the kitchen window this afternoon.
We had a good amount of rainfall at the end of last week. It never fails to take me by surprise at how ordinary standards in my garden perk up a few days after a good heavenly shower. The Purple Queen was especially bright today with new blooms covering its trailing stems.
The purple foliage of this trailing plant cannot be taken for granted even though it is common and super-easy to grow and propogate. So striking is it that I use it in more than one place in the garden.
It can be seen in several potted arrangements as well as easily billowing over the manmade short wall (above) in the back garden. Another straight shot view from the kitchen window.
I didn't think I was going to have time to participate in Carol's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day today. But once I got outdoors with my camera to try to capture the vivid deep purple plant I noticed a few other blooms also spurred on by the all day rainfall last week.
So here are a few more blooms I managed to photograph in the span of 5 minutes while my little toddler charge was strapped into his booster chair and eating his lunch safe and sound back inside.
Drangon Wing Begonia. I'm always lauding the praises of Angel Wing begonia but I adore the deeply hued leaves of the Dragon Wing as well. Its very large leaves and year round lushness make up for its less than profuse blooming habits. Here it is planted directly in the ground and growing three feet tall and just as wide.
Marble leaf plant flushed out its lavender blooms both in the containers and the ground covers after the rain.
Impatiens all over the garden are making a huge comeback with the cool weather. The colors are deeper and the flowers are more abundant. They really love our Florida winters.
Salvia, I'm pretty sure it is just called Red Salvia. I don't think there's ever been a whole year go by that I don't have this vibrant red flower in my garden. Sometimes in mass plantings and sometimes in a few pots like the ones here I can see out of my kitchen window.
It is a good time of year for red flowers. Of course, red is my favorite color.
Happy GBBD day! Meems