Friday, 14 August 2009
A Torch, Spanish Flag and an Exploding Fur Ball
Within the tropical bed this year, can be found a Torch, Spanish Flag and the exploding fur balls.
The torch in question is Tithonia rotundifolia 'Torch' or Mexican Sun Flower. This is a superb plant growing to about to 6 ft. It forms a large, compact plant and produces numerous bright orange dahlia-like flowers from July to October.
Mina lobata or as it it commonly known, Spanish Flag, is a quick growing annual climber with strong, reddish turning stems that can reach up to 12ft. It has up to twelve two inch tubular flowers on each flower spike starting from flame red at the tip and fading to cream.
The Fur Balls mentioned in the blog of 9th July, has continued to produce more translucent, soft, spiny balloons, but the older ones have started to explode, releasing its fluffy seeds into the air.