Sunday, May 25, 2008

Zap, Zonk, Zow, Powie!

If you shy away from hot, brilliant colors, you won't like my garden.
Tagetes patula ~ French Marigold

 
Echinopsis x Red Paramount


Bougainvillea 'Barbara Karst'

Caesalpinia pulcherrima ~ Red Bird Of Paradise

22 comments:

mirage2g said...

Those are the most abundant bougainvilla I've ever seen!

Great flower display as always! HAppy GTS!

sisah said...

Gardens bloom with fiery colors you are showing, but that´s exactly what I expect of a garden in your end of the world:-)
Have a nive GTS
Sisah

Muum said...

Great thought! I DO really like pastels , but don't hate bright colors. I esp love the bouganvillea, but can't have it here in zone 5 Utah, except in some wimpy little pot, which doesn't do it justice. I love the bird of paradise, haven't seen that one before.
ONe question, do you have probs w/ a purple and red ( or orange ) next to each other that clash? Or maybe that doesn't bother you. As I said before, I love bouganvillea, but b. colors typically don't 'go' well with a lot of other things.

Lorian said...

Amazing colors! One would never know by your colors that your garden is in the desert! Great pics and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

verobirdie said...

I love those four pictures, so energetic and full of colors I like! Thanks for them.

Garden Wise Guy said...

That Caesalpinia made my day! There's a planting median along the street that leads to my dad's house, that has a few (Camarillo, CA), but nothing with the intensity of the ones you show. Must be the heat.

BTW: PLEASE stop by my blog and tell me if you've ever seen a cactus flower do what this one is doing. "Kate smudges" figured you might have an answer.

Tanks!

CityGarden said...

Bougainvilla is beautiful!

Deb @ Sugarfused said...

I am in awe of your bougainvillea! And the Bird of Paradise...is that very difficult to grow? And your Bird of Paradise is just lovely :)
I do like the bold colors very much!

Cheryl said...

I do have some hot colours, but tend to go more for pastels. That is the reason I love looking at your blooms they are always so different to mine.

Mary said...

I enjoyed seeing all of your beautiful flowers. They are so bright and pretty. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings,
Mary

Ganrat said...

(humm..hope this comment isn't a duplicate.. Blogger acting goofy).

Enjoyed the colors. Awesome! Native pixs? Or did you amp the Saturation?

Must get me one of those birds of paradise (I'm just beginning to move from kitchen-centric gardening to some ornamental).

Linette said...

The colors are beautiful. I love the fuchsia color, and the reds. The red bird of paradise is gorgeous.

elaine said...

I love every color in nature. Have you ever thought about arranging flowers or your photos in a colour wheel? I can see these specimens occupying the red, orange and magenta positions.

Julie said...

And you worry about all of the yellow flowering??? LOL...girl...you have it all...pure heaven!!!

No Rain said...

Thanks for all your comments. To answer some of the questions:
Mumm, I try to keep clashing colors planted in different areas. Something that occurs in my garden that's unintended is different shades of the same color. I really don't like that much. Some color combos that I think wouldn't work, look surprisingly good together.
Ganrat, no, these are the actual colors. Sometimes I do amp up the saturation if I need some contrast if I take a photo on a cloudy day. The colors shown today are so intense they probably needed to be toned down rather than up!
Elaine, never thought of arranging the colors on a color wheel. I'll give that some thought!

Bengbeng said...

u have such lovely flowers..even my wife commented that she loves yr flowers perhaps hinting i need to do more gardening :)

Stuart said...

The Echinopsis is very loud isn't it!

A superb display all round. I've rarely managed to get mine to produce more than two or three flowers at once, but I suppose that's the price I pay for living in gloomy Northern Europe!

Wurzerl said...

The pink "waterfall" of the great Bougainvillea is a dream and I like the colors of the Caesalpinia pulcherrima so much.
I need a winter garden to cultivate this kind of plants!
Have a great week
Wurzerl

Barbara said...

I never saw such a lush and beautiful bougainvillea before. For me these wonderful "hot" colours belong to tropical gardens and gardens where you live.

farmingfriends said...

What beautiful colours. I love the marigold.
Sara from farmingfriends

Ralph said...

Love your colors. I never appreciated bougainvillea when I lived in Socal. Now that I can't have it, I love it.

Southern Beale said...

That Echinopsis is stunning! I wonder if it would grow in Tennessee?