Bold Red

Guess I’ve mentioned before that I really love the way red flowers brighten up an outside space.  It’s so strong and vibrant.  This post shows some examples.

redspheresThese Strawberry Field Gomphrenas (Gomphrena haageana) really do remind me of strawberries.  These are the first ones I’ve tried, so I hope they love the heat, as advertised.

redsphereLove the red with little yellow tips that look like stars.

victor crepeThe flowers on this Victor Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica ‘Victor’) don’t look as deep a red as the picture on the label indicated.  But it has just started blooming, so we’ll see.   I’m counting on the dwarf size promised on the tag.

turkscapThe bright red flowers of Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii) stand out against the dark green leaves.

turkscap2This variety of Turk’s Cap is named after a Scotsman, Thomas Drummond, who traveled to America in 1830 to collect plant specimens from western and southern US.  He spent twenty-one months in parts of Texas.  He also noted 150 species of birds.

turkAlthough I don’t know who named this plant Turk’s Cap, it comes from its resemblance to the old turbans worn by the men in the Ottoman Empire.  This is a painting of Mehmet the Conqueror who ruled in the 1400’s.  He ended the Byzantine Empire and set up the Ottoman Empire composed of Turkish tribes.

When the Ottoman Empire fell at the end of WWI,  Mustata Kemal Ataturk set up a democratic government in Turkey and eliminated the use of turbans, fezs and the Ottoman script.  He is known as the father of the modern Turks.

turkscap3My Turk’s Cap has survived very well in full sun and is a reliable perennial.  It is now on the Texas Star plant list.

dynamitecrepe3This Dynamite Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica ‘Whit II’) has bicolor blossoms this year.

dynamitecrepeSo I’m guessing that this variety of Crape Myrtle is the result of cross breeding.  Maybe the bush is now producing the two colors from those original different types.

dynamitecrepe2The three bushes I have are seven years old and are covered with showy flowers this year

“One of the misfortunes of our time is that in getting rid of false shame we have killed off so much real shame as well.”  Louis Kronenberger.

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