Monday, August 22, 2016

Mexican Petunia Mosaic Monday *UPDATED!

Try to say that 10 times in a row…real fast! lol

*I don’t think I was clear when I said the blooms fall off after only one day. I should have added that they bloom EVERY DAY! Every day we see at least a dozen new blooms. It’s fun to get up in the morning and be surprised with how many new blooms are on these 2 plants. Old blooms fall off…new blooms pop out…every day!

When we redid our landscaping in the Spring, I had my heart set on a big hanging basket of purple petunias. But they are not common here in Florida and the man at the nursery suggested Mexican Petunias.

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So we bought two plants for two corners of our courtyard.

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we have a little sprinkler to water them when it gets dry

We have enjoyed watching them grow AND seeing them bloom.

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The blooms only last ONE DAY and then they fall off.

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The most we’ve had so far are 18 blooms all at once.

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These blooms dried onto the floor of the courtyard.

Something fun to enjoy every day. We’ve seen bumble bees working them over several times and even a hummingbird once. They attract butterflies too.

I’m joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J HERE

AND Mosaic Monday HERE !

46 comments:

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

very nice mosaic. :)

Arlene Grimm said...

I love Mexican heather. It is a plant that can take the heat and even I cannot kill it.

Pondside said...

That's a plant I've never seen. The colour is so pretty - a little like the Canterbury Bells that grow up here. It's good to find a plant that thrives in one's climate.

Susie said...

Diane, Those are pretty and unusual . Hummers love them for their trumpet shape. Hope you get more blooms. Blessings for a great fun week. It's cooler here...so nice. xoxo,Susie

eileeninmd said...

Good morning, Diane!

The mexican petunias are pretty. It is great they attract the butterflies and hummers. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Betsy Adams said...

Beautiful color of petunias.... I have never had much luck with Petunias --so I switched to Pansies several years ago for all of their colors... BUT--your Mexican Petunias are beautiful... Love the Mosaic also.

Hugs,
Betsy

podso said...

I do love petunias, but I've never heard of that one. I wonder if it would work in our hot climate here. I should have the Gardener check it out ! Very pretty.

Sam I Am...... said...

I wish I had known about them for here! Beautiful! Are they a perenial?

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Such pretty flowers Sis! I am always looking for flowers that can withstand heat!! Happy Week.

Linda

Maggie said...

I have pink and purple petunias in pots, I've never seen one that stands alone like your Mexican ones. What a shame that the flower only last for one day.
Happy Mosaic Monday!

Stacey said...

That's really purty!! :)

Kathy said...

I have never heard of these flowers. They are beautiful! But what a shame that they only last one day.

Linda Kay said...

We had Mexican petunias when we lived in Georgia, and I loved watching them bloom. I wonder if they will grow okay in Texas?

Snap said...

Pretty pretty pretty! I know your Mexican petunias by another name, but I can't remember it! Ack! Doesn't matter -- they are pretty! Happy Monday. Have a good week!

Lorrie said...

Those are very pretty flowers. The color is perfect for you! Have a great week, Diane.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

These are a gorgeous shade of lavender, sis - great new addition to your garden! I've not heard of them before but if they take the heat of Florida in summer they will do well. Bees are attracted to blue/purple and yellow flowers so it's always nice to give them an extra pollinator plant.
xx

Pamela Gordon said...

These are a very pretty petunia, Diane. I'm glad they are working for you in your climate and that the birds and bees enjoy them too. :)

librarylady64 said...

Love that shade or purple. Pretty! too bad the blooms don't last longer.
Have a wonderful week!
Joy @ Books and Life

Kathy said...

Thanks for clearing that up, Dianne. It would be a shame for them to bloom for only one day.

The French Hutch said...

I"ve never tried growing Mexican Petunias but i think they would probably do well here. I love growing Mexican Heather, it blooms till frost. I especially love all blooms that attract butterflies and hummingbirds....
Happy week.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I've seen these at some of the gardens we visit in Ft M -- didn't realize what they were called -- it's very interesting how they grow -- and they are even pretty dried out and on the ground (at least in your pretty photo).

Shelia said...

I've not heard of these petunias but they are really so pretty and dainty looking. Glad they're doing so well for you. Love your mosaic. Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Vee said...

A new flower to me! Very pretty...

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh, they are pretty! So delicate and unusual. So nice by your door :) xo Karen

Cloudia said...

Thrilling color!

Sarah said...

Beautiful! I need to add these to our garden.

happywonderer.com said...

Beautiful mosaics! I won't be trying to say that 10x for sure!

bj said...

I had a garden full at the olden house we sold. Yes, the blooms do fall and new ones magically appear every day...they are a delight and I'll try hard to remember to plant some in a large pot next yr for our patio....

Gina said...

Diane, I think purple is my favorite color and your flowers are gorgeous! So fresh and feminine. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Mildred said...

Your photos are gorgeous. John and I brought a clump of these from the home we just sold to start here at the new house. Caution: they do travel by runners and your one clump will get bigger each season. You can do like us, and dig up and plant some in diff. areas if they crowd out other plants.

Linda H said...

This is a new flower to me too. Very pretty and so nice they have continuous blooms!

Linda said...

Nice! Wonder if I could grow these...

Danice said...

What a gorgeous flower, And, they are lavender. Very attractive around the house.

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Wow what a pretty shade of lavender and the flower is beautiful!!
Thanks for sharing at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J this week!
Have a wonderful day and week.
Julie

Summer said...

Your flowers are very pretty ♥

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Sylvia said...

Your photos looked like paintings. I love the purple. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

Cranberry Morning said...

They're beautiful, Diane! And your collages for Mosaic Monday are so pretty. I'm hoping to get back into that in another month. Hope you have a great Monday. xo

Jessica Pelasky said...

Wow...how pretty!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Carla from The River said...

Lovely indeed.
In your Florida climate will the Mexican Petunia bloom all year long?

Lowcarb team member said...

They are such a wonderful colour aren't they.
I do like the way you've set out the mosaic.

All the best Jan

camp and cottage living said...

They look like dainty petunias, Diane. The lavender colour is very pretty.

Linda Walker said...

Very pretty Diane! I love purple petunias too! But these are so delicate looking! Love the shade of lavender! So pretty! Hope all is well....we've been soooo busy! But things are finally settling down.
xo
Linda

ann said...

Hello Diane. Here I am. Down here. At the bottom. Love the Mexican petunia, especially the color and I like the tallness. I have never seen them here. A great addition to your corner.

Red Rose Alley said...

It's so interesting to see the Florida flowers, Diane. I've never heard of the Mexican Petunia before. They're so pretty and a nice color. They look a bit more crinkled than the original petunia. Thanks for sharing. I just wanted to tell you that I learn many things on your blog, my friend.

~Sheri

Jedidja said...

Thank you so much. I like this flower. How beautiful is its color!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Those are pretty petunias, with such an upright growth. Have not had luck attracting hummers so far, using only feeders. Will try some flowers this winter.