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Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on April 30, 2012 at 12:02pm

Grant-The blue color of your Nigella "Love in the Mist" flower is such an eye-catching blue. There are so few truly blue-colored flowers in the world. Thank you for sharing it.

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on April 30, 2012 at 11:57am

Kirsten- Beautiful and inspiring photos, particularly the gardenias. Please provide a few more details concerning the gardenia's growing conditions, like size and container construction, placement and watering. What would you change to make the conditions better? Until seeing your success, I had assumed there was no way to have gardenias, one of my absolutely favorite flowers and fragrance. Your post has inspired my morning, thank you so much.

Stay cool! Deborah

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on April 30, 2012 at 8:55am

Thanks, Deborah, I'm glad you enjoyed the adenium pics.  I know which big adenium plant you're referring to, it's magnificent, isn't it?  I admire it each year when they set it out for summer.  Amazing specimen. 

It's another gorgeous morning here in AZ and I noticed several nice nigella plants in bloom under my lemon tree and tangerine tree.  Nigella ("love in a mist" "fennel flower") is such a fun, easy, spring annual for adding a touch of ferny foliage and sky blue blooms.  It self sows all over the garden and is a fun, old time favorite.  Enjoy this stunning weather everyone!

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on April 29, 2012 at 3:45pm

Beautiful photos, Grant. There were many Adenium obesum in full bloom at the Desert Botanical Gardens plant sale and show. There is a huge plant in a container on the porch of the DBG herb area. I never knew what they were. Magical!

Thank you for the images.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on April 29, 2012 at 11:52am

Here's a fun Adenium obesum blooming away on my patio.  I've been growing this plant for quite a few years and really love it.  It blooms off and on from spring through mid autumn.  I just give it plenty of sun, regular food/water in summer, and sun but no water in winter.  Happy gardening!

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on April 29, 2012 at 11:12am

Another gorgeous weekend!  I drove all around Scottsdale and central Phoenix yesterday (hitting the men's sale, thanks Macy's, LOL) and everything was just perfect:  cacti blooms, jacaranda blooms, oleanders, hibiscus, lantana, the works, and none yet had any faded/dropped blooms.  It is just a riot of color out there and just in perfection.  Enjoy it, everyone.  We're so lucky to live here and to garden here. 

Here's a silly quick and casual couple of pics of an Echinopsis subdenudata in bloom this morning, with several more flower buds forming.  Such easy, great plants in the ground or in containers here.  Happy gardening!

Tennis ball included to show relative size.

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on April 28, 2012 at 6:50pm

One more 24 hour progress photo of this Egyptian Walking Onion, then I will give everyone a break until there is a profound change. This is day 3, scroll back for the first two photos, each 24 hours apart.

The onions with these fistulas, smell stronger and different from the other leaves. And, the new onions have a pleasant, mild scent.

Here is one more about ready to split. What fun this is to witness.

I would not have imagined such joy and anticipation from watching an onion grow.

Happy Gardening All, Deborah

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on April 28, 2012 at 12:38pm

I just noticed this fun/gross swallowtail butterfly caterpillar munching some foliage on my tangerine.  It tries to evade predators by looking like bird droppings and I'd say it's doing a great job, LOL.  I'll leave it to turn in to one of those giant, beautiful butterflies.  Enjoy, LOL.  Take care!

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on April 28, 2012 at 9:33am

Fun pics, information, and updates Deborah.  I've heard of walking onions but have never tried them.  Yours is really neat and I love how quickly the little bulbils are developing.  Let us know how what you do with it and how it tastes.  Great stuff!

Just for fun here's a quick pic of a red Shirley poppy or corn poppy (Papaver rhoeas) blooming under one of my lemon trees.  I let these plants self-sow all over the garden (sometimes with my help as I shake a seed pod here-or-there).  They sprout in winter, grow in spring and bloom in late spring/early summer.  Great spring annuals here and awesome cut flowers too (especially if you quickly singe the cut end in a flame immediately after cutting).  Nothing fancy, but certainly pretty and certainly easy!  Happy gardening all!

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on April 27, 2012 at 6:07pm

Update on the unknown onion. Research resolved the mystery. This is an Egyptian Walking Onion or a Tree Onion. The history behind this very old hybrid places it currently under culinary use in Bulgaria!

The following information was taken from Wikipedia:

"Tree onions, Allium ×proliferum, are similar to common onions, but with a cluster of bulblets where a normal onion would have flowers. Genomic evidence has conclusively shown that they are a hybrid of the common onion (A. cepa) and the Welsh onion (A. fistulosum).[1] However, some sources may still treat the tree onion as A. cepa var. proliferum or A. cepa Proliferum Group..."

I thought you might like to see the same stem, today, 24 hours after the original photograph where I asked for help with identification.

Reposting of the same stalk 24 hours earlier.

The literature didn't speak of the growth habit at the base of the plant, yet I found the base equally as intriguing.

Now I understand why the Egyptian Walking Onion is referred to as one of the most interesting onions to grow. I would agree!

I sincerely hope these photos and my rather lengthy text is informative, not off-putting.




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