Saturday, November 7, 2009

Saturday flowers

This small flower with its bright lavender stamen never opens further than this. Yet it packs a punch of color. It grows in the yard of my friend Megan down the street. Its botanical name is Malvaviscus arboreus, or "Turk's Cap" and it's related to the hibiscus.

This vine grows on my neighbor's fence - it's covered with bright orange flowers and tons of buds. It's Thunbergia gregorii, also called "Golden Clock Vine."

This vine grows on a gate to a driveway down the hill. More shy to bloom - there were only a few clusters of flowers open, but they are such a pretty color they stand out. It's also a Thunbergia - and how different it is from it's relation, above! I think this is Thunbergia grandiflora, the "Blue Sky Flower."

The bright vermillion flowers of Tecomaria capensis, or "Cape Honeysuckle," a vigorous shrub growing in a front yard down the street, attract hummingbirds in our mild autumn weather.

These are the flowers I encounter on my morning walk. Here in Southern California, they're still blooming, well into November.

13 comments:

BrightenedBoy said...

I like the purples and the oranges.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I hope you'll keep posting pictures with color after all of ours is gone. It gets so depressingly brown around here.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

magnificent blooms - they look straight from a garden in Alice in Wonderland!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Very nice, g.

It's 65 degrees and sunny here, and you've inspired me to go out and take some pictures.
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phd in yogurtry said...

lurrve turks cap. have some growing on the side of our driveway. such a bright splash of red.

MAYBELLINE said...

Thanks for the tour. Keep track. I bet you'll find blooms all year round. I really appreciate you including the Latin names. I'm trying to improve on my knowledge of all kinds of plants.

I would like to visit the gardens at Huntington Library. Have you ever been?

Kate said...

My oh my but you live in such a beautiful area of the country. Love those colors. We're pretty grey up here although the fall leaves add nice color.

Jason, as himself said...

Brilliant!

cactus petunia said...

THAT is what I miss about living in California...flowers blooming in November!

Life with Kaishon said...

Wow. They are so beautiful! Things are mostly brown around here right now. I miss the color.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

gosh, that is just so unfair, flowers in November?

Gilly said...

Those are beautiful flowers, and how lovely to see them in November! I think I would like to come for a stroll with you at the moment. its dark grey, very wet and miserable here. So please keep posting these lovely cheerful photos!

Flowers said...

Nice blog. You have posted stunning pictures of flower. I would have loved to walk there, and see all the gorgeous flowers!