Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Flowers by Color - RED

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Flowers by Color - RED

This is my third post in a series featuring flowers by color.  This series will continue for nine weeks.  I will pick a different color and share my favorite flowers of that color (these lists are NOT a complete list of all flowers of that color, simply just my favorites).  This week is RED flower week.

Certain featured flowers have links to previous posts on this blog - please feel free to click on these links to view the entire posts (they will be how-to-grow or maintenance posts).

Firstly, you will need to know the difference between annual, perennial & biennial:

Annual Plant - completes its lifecycle in one season/year.  By "lifecycle" I mean from germination to seed formation.  Here are some examples of annual plants:  green beans, petunia, sage, sunflower, morning glory and so much more.

Perennial Plant - lives for more than 2 years but produces seed in one season without dying afterward.  Some examples of perennials: most fruit trees like apple, vegetables like asparagus or leeks, day lilies, peonies and so much more.

Biennial Plant - 2 years to complete its lifecycle.  Examples are: parsley, caraway, foxglove, parsnips and so much more.

Miniature Wave Petunia
This is an annual that is perfect for a hanging basket.  The hummingbirds love this flower.
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This is an annual (for northern cool climates) OR a "tender perennial" (for southern warm climates).  A "tender perennial" means that in warmer more southern climates this plant will actually survive the winter and live on into the next season.  This is not a flower - it's all about the colorful leaves/foliage.
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"Reddy Rosie" Rose
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My dad is the rose specialist - one year I featured some of the rose favorites from his garden.

Reddy Rosie, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for
Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
"Black Cherry" Rose
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As a child I remember hanging around (and filling my belly) our Bing cherry tree which was a black cherry variety.  The color of those cherries were very similar to this rose.

Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower

SUNFLOWERS - 5 Different Red Varieties
Red Hedge
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This beauty has deep dark reds, almost sometimes seeming black.  I love the inner yellow circle.
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Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
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This is a brick red, almost brown in color.  Here again, there seemed to be a mix-up with the seed packet because some of these sunflowers seemed purplish in color (you will see what I mean if you click on the link above).

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Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower

Starburst Blaze
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This sunflower variety has 3 different candy colored versions - click the link above to see the other two colors. 

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This is not my favorite sunflower variety however the bugs loved it.  They were devoured by the bugs.

photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
Black Velvet Queen
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This is the darkest colored flower that I have ever grown.  It really did appear velvety in texture.

photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
Mystery Plant
This is a berry NOT a flower but I just love the bright red color.  A few years ago I did a series on the Toledo Zoo.  While I was at the zoo I found myself looking more at the plants grown there than the animals (lol - a gardener at heart I guess). 
If you know the name/variety of this plant please let me know in the comment section - Thank you.

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Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower

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