Calling all experts and the curious!
You would think with plants as cool as these there would be identification stakes available for each and every one, however, in all but one case there were none to be found. So today I call out to all of you great horticultural and garden loving experts to help the rest of us find out what these crazy cool plants are and the story behind them.
I had no idea until I began seriously photographing flora just how much I love a cool colorful round leafed bush! I would love to own one of these someday, but I have no idea what it is!
(Horray! Thanks to Kaveh, who commented below we now know this pink and white stunner is a “Breynia Disticha!” ) Also thank you to Yurie who wrote today to say it’s common name is Hawaiian Snow Bush! That is great!
Another absolutely fantabulous bush is the one below. Fortunately I had the joy of hearing form Chief Horticulturist of Historic Landscapes at Vizcaya, Ian Simpkins that this is a Red Cocoplum Chrysobalanus Icaco. I can tell you right now I’ll have this in my garden one day!
This lovely globe flower is one of my most requested black and white images. Even if someone doesn’t buy a print they ask what is this? Every time I have to say, “sadly, I don’t know”
Stumbling upon really neat flora has been one of the highlights of traveling from garden to garden. I am not new to garden photography but I am still a novice at plant identification. Learning about new flowers and shrubs is a joy. Speaking of which, this crazy cool shrub plant eludes me as well. Is it even a shrub? All I know is that It’s great! Horray! According to Jody this, “is a Croton-Codiacum or (Curly Boy). Thanks Jody!!!
I ran across this “Dr. Seuss special”, as I call it, in several of the Florida gardens I visited during the last Photo Garden Bee Tour. I never did find an identification tag.
Now this red fig looking plant stopped me in my tracks at Henry P. Leu Gardens had actually had an id tag! Hats off to them. Leu Gardens are best yet for plant identification. The red spiked wonder is called a Lipstick Tree!
This great pink and blue spoon flower is just fantastic! Anyone know what is it or where it comes from?
Lastly this globe flower looks more like a pine globe if there is such a thing. I would love to hear the story behind it. (Also from Kaveh who commented below, I’ve been informed this great spoon like flower is a Osteospermum hybrid). This one appears to be Lilac Spoon! You can get some for yourself at PW : Proven Winners.
Finally this last image, above, has been identified by Jody as well! It’s a, “Agapanthus after it has lost all it’s blooms” Awesome! No of course I have to go look up what it looks like with it’s blooms! Thanks Jody!
I can’t wait to hear from you as to what these are and possibly their growing story. I could do one of these every day of week and still have dozens more images left over that are still a mystery. If this goes well I’ll have more mystery posts to come! Thanks in advance and let me know who you are so I can credit you!
Britt : )
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