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"Possibility and promise greet me each day as I walk out into my garden. My vigor is renewed when I breathe in the earthiness and feel the dirt between my fingers. My garden is a peaceful spot to refresh my soul." Meems

Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Celosia 'Intenz'

I planted all this Celosia 'Intenz' as 4" single stalk seedlings in the back garden this spring. They self-seed year to year. I literally gathered them from the paver cracks (that's how persistent they are) to make this border.

All summer long I cut them back to encourage shorter, multiple-branching bushes.  Left alone they want to grow straight to heaven on a single stalk. I'm telling you, I snipped these guys constantly until they started budding in August.

My plan for sorta-kinda worked.  No question they ARE bushier and shorter than past years. Still, they are 5-6' tall. They are SO easy in a sunny spot and they don't require more than rainfall. Pollinators swarm them.

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  1. How wonderful to see a post from you! I have missed all the garden inspiration to give in your posts, with photos and info of what is growing in your gardens.

    What a beautifully colored bloom! I believe I'd love that in my own gardens. To get volunteers from it also would be fantastic. It's hard to believe that you've trimmed these back but they still grow so tall.

    I'm not on FB, but went to your link and can view without joining, but no comments.

    Your gardens are oh so lovely as always and I'm inspired once again, to keep on working in mine. Love your cypress arbor.

    Happy Gardening and Happy Fall dear Meems ~ FlowerLady

  2. What a gorgeous splash of hot pink! That's lovely, Meems :)

  3. What a gorgeous splash of hot pink! That's lovely, Meems :)

  4. I haven't seen this hot pink beauty before. It looks great.

  5. Hi Meems, The border looks beautiful and sounds easy enough.

  6. Wow! What a blast of vibrancy and drama!
    So good to see you posting here, Meems. Hope you're enjoying this glorious fall!


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