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Blue-&-Bronze Corner

Posted by brokenstrings on Saturday, April 5, 2008

Recently started a blue-&-bronze corner on the patio. Always liked that combination anyhow, and I'd just picked up a coppery-bronzey-rose bougainvillea, a coppery-orange miniature rose, a coppery shrimp plant, and a blue flower that turned out to be a Chinese/Siberian delphinium/larkspur and that probably won't last long in this climate. Already had an amber/orange bougainvillea ("Tahitian gold?) and it joined the others, as did a dwarf sunflower. Repotted the bronzey things into blue- or green-glazed pots and the blue into plain clay pots. As the season wears on, I may add a dwarf gaillardia (red/yellow) and borage (very blue, but not usually grown for its flowers). In fall maybe chrysanthemums.

So maybe it won't last, but in the meantime I'm enjoying that corner of the patio and I have bouquets for the house.

10 comments on “Blue-&-Bronze Corner”

haknot Says:
Sunday, June 1, 2008 @8:52:48 AM

Bronze and Blue is so Ravenclaw.

brokenstrings Says:
Sunday, June 1, 2008 @12:23:54 PM


banjobrunette Says:
Saturday, November 22, 2008 @4:23:40 PM

Aren't borage flowers edible?  They're certainly a stunning blue.

brokenstrings Says:
Saturday, November 22, 2008 @5:42:54 PM

Yes, they are edible, and so are the leaves. The leaves have a slightly cucumbery flavor, but they're kind of hairy. Burnet leaves also have a cucumbery flavor and they're just the right size to go into your salad.

rinemb Says:
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 @10:09:58 AM

I am always jealous of what Southerners or Northerners can grow.  Those of us in the "mixing" zone of climate battle every year on what will work.  Brad

brokenstrings Says:
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 @10:31:12 AM

In Central Florida, it's really not cold enough for Forsythia and lilac and too cold for Flame trees. Itallian parsley, which is supposed to ba a biennial, acts more like an annual. The list goes on and on. I grow Key limes and Buddha's Hand citron, but only in pots. which can be hauled in out of the cold. So you can be jealous wherever you live. What wouldn't I give for a chestnut tree!

pickingfive Says:
Sunday, February 14, 2010 @6:52:18 AM

The picture of your patio brings back such wonderful memories to me, as I was blessed with being able to rent some space for three winters at a friend's home in Tampa. The back yard there was so beautiful with orange, grapefruit, lemon, bannana, and starfruit trees, and with tropical bushes and plants, including a pineapple plant. How I loved having my breakfast at pool side in the back yard while enjoying all of the tropical beauty surrounding me. It was also a setting in which I enjoyed reading and picking the banjo. (That is a picture of me at the pool side table on my Banjo Hangout home page.) I hope you take more pictures of your patio and post them on your home page!!!!

brokenstrings Says:
Sunday, February 14, 2010 @11:56:20 AM

Well, it'll take a serious cleanup before I can do that! And my "pool" is the size of an ancient Roman impluvium, maybe 3-1/2' X 5' and a foot and some deep. It was a splashing pool for my daughter when she was a tot.

Micki Says:
Sunday, October 24, 2010 @8:43:54 PM

Beautiful patio, Jesssica. I need some tips on the bouganvilla . I can't , for the life of me, get then to grow. Micki

brokenstrings Says:
Monday, October 25, 2010 @9:21:18 AM

They need plenty of sun and they shouldn't get high-nitrogen fertilizer or they'll put all their energy into making lots of green leaves and no bracts or flowers. Keep them slightly pot-bound, but periodically root-prune them and plop them back into the same pot with fresh soil. That applies to potted bougainvilleas. The ones we had in the open ground were shy bloomers until the hurricanes of '04. All of a sudden they were getting more sun and less high-nitrogen fertilizer because I stopped fertilizing the lawn. Bougainvilleas planted too close to a lawn will stretch out their roots and grab the nitrogen. Our in-ground bougainvilleas were stupidly planted, not by me.

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