Friday, April 3, 2015

Chinese Lanterns.. thirteen dollar beauties!



Aside from the birds I don't often show photos from my own back garden but I'm so thrilled with these two beauties that I had to share :) It all started when I was searching for two standard plants for the patio. All of the established standards I saw were horribly expensive plus I couldn't find anything visually appealing. About a month ago while in Bunnings which is basically a huge hardware store with a nursery section attached, spotting the Chinese Lantern shrubs I had the brilliant idea of creating my own standards. Selecting plants that had at least one strong central stem which I taped to a strong stake, I clipped off the bottom branches leaving just the top section, and there you go.. they haven't stopped flowering profusely since and look so perfect they were mistaken for fake plants :) If you can find them in your nursery I would highly recommend them, they are gorgeous and flower like this for most of the year.. result!


It's almost as if the Plumbago hedge below knows it's living on a prayer :) it's a pretty messy plant but each time I think of removing it, it spontaneously bursts into bloom like this and survives for another year! Happy Good Friday, take care and most of all stay safe...


46 comments:

  1. These are so beautiful! Just got to keep them Grace. ;)

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  2. So lovely - like their mistress


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  3. I'd say that plant was doing a little more than just surviving.

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  4. I'd say that plant was doing a little more than just surviving.

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  5. Lovely flowers, great pictures: I like how you matched the reds in the first photo and the whites in the second one!

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  6. You sure got your $$'s worth. That's one big Plumbago! Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  7. Avenue des Champs-Elysées, eh?! :-) Your garden is a pure delight and messy is gorgeous. I wish I could invite myself over for tea dans le jardin. I'll help with the laundry! :-)

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  8. I love chinese lantern plants - I remember them fondly from when we lived in warmer climes! Clever you making your own standards as they always charge such a premium for those. As for plumbago, is that the shrub with the "sticky" leaves?

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  9. There is so much to like here. The Chinese Lantern plants are gorgeous - I'm going to check if they are sold here (I think our climate is much like yours). I really like that statue! And the flowering hedge - don't ever get rid of that!

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  10. You can't get rid of that hedge, Grace! The Chinese Lanterns are annual plants here - can't take the cold.

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  11. They are beautiful and perfect for a long lasting flowering plant!

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  12. Plumbago--so that's what it's called!

    I think they're beautiful--but the red one's even more so!

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  13. Beautiful colours in both cases, Grace!

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  14. Beautiful flowers. I've not thought of Chinese Lanterns for many years. When I was a child I was fascinated with them and planted them all over the garden.

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  15. Definite beauties Grace and I like the French street sign in the background:)

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  16. Very artistic Grace ... what a delightful colour and I love your French signage in the background.

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  17. Don't they grow into decent sized shrubs? Or is a different variety? They look great anyway. If we walk around the corner of the house will we come across Avenue Montaigne?

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  18. I haven't seen such flowers before!

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  19. beautiful blooms, both of them.

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  20. Wow, that red really pops. Love that plant.

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  21. Certainly looks better than my backyard!!! Lovely shots.

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  22. Wow - so gorgeous! Love that red.

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  23. Both plants looks great Grace, love the red flowers, they would brighten anyone's day!
    Enjoy the Easter holidays.

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  24. Such a small price to pay for an AWESOME hit of RED!! Those of us born with black thumbs salute you!! Happy Easter, my friend!!

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  25. The Chinese lanterns are a splendid red. I can imaigine that as standards they could pass as nature's Christmas tree. And the plumbago is so profuse. Amazing growth.

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  26. I go with Red, Grace :-)
    Beautiful! Also the last pic with the clothes, arty!

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  27. You have some beautiful flowers in your garden and a beautiful lady as well!

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  28. Beautiful Chinese Lanterns, what a clever idea, a bargain. I like the statue of the water carrier. I've never heard of a plumbago, it reminds me of a plant we have over here in the UK, but I can't think what! I couldn't remove it, perhaps you could just prune it down to half its size :-) Happy Easter

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  29. Wow, your yard is just awash in colorful blooms. That Chinese Lantern plant is gorgeous. I'll have to look for one here.

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  30. Sharon says your yard is awash in colors; I've also noted that you actually do have a wash on your line. Don't have one anymore, and I miss hanging out clothes. Back to your flowers. Gorgeous, and they are responding to your lovely touch.

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  31. Nice photo! I love anything red, especially flowers. In fact, my hippie name in the 60s was Bauer Flower. Today just grow them and am known simply as Susan. :)

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  32. Nice photo! I love anything red, especially flowers. In fact, my hippie name in the 60s was Bauer Flower. Today just grow them and am known simply as Susan. :)

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  33. The Chinese lantern blossoms are gorgeous. What a great buy! As for the plumbago, I don't know how plants know when they are in danger but they do. ;)

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  34. You did a great job with the Chinese lanterns. And, maybe you should just accept that the plumbago hedge is staying. And that it should.

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