California Sally

Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VAJuly 29, 2011

My California Sally is starting up and this is its first bloom since being started from a cutting. I know I'm going to like this variety. The size of the bloom, which you can't really appreciate here, is least 4 inches, maybe 4.5". Poor iPhone shot, sorry.

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Andrew Scott

Looks like you have a great plumie there Dave! IT's so exciting to see those first know that they will only get better and BETTER!

Is there any noteable fragrance?


    Bookmark   July 29, 2011 at 10:36AM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Yes, I think it does have a fragrance. But I didn't have time really smell it this morning. Maybe Bill can comment on that, I know he likes this variety a lot.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2011 at 10:59AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Hey Dave,

Love your California Sally!!!

She sure does have beautiful blooms....I have one trying to root now that i picked up out in Costa Mesa. Im keeping my fingers crossed that it roots and will look like yours some day!!!

Way to go!!!!

Laura in VB

    Bookmark   July 30, 2011 at 9:29PM
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pharoah(Sherman Oaks CA)

LOL! On another forum I just got the wonderful news that California Sally smells like body odor and onions! hahahaha! I have one, but it has not bloomed yet so I cannot say if I agree or not.

Beautiful bloom Dave!


    Bookmark   July 30, 2011 at 10:26PM
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tdogdad(Zone 9)

I love Cal Sal which has a great combo of orange and pink and is a large flower.

And it is a moderately heavy bloomer:

    Bookmark   July 30, 2011 at 11:35PM
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tdogdad(Zone 9)

but it does not smell badly. I has a very mild scent but not something like body odor or onions.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2011 at 11:37PM
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pharoah(Sherman Oaks CA)

Hey Bill,
Good to know that it was only one person's opinion! I'd be disappointed to think I would have to bury that beauty far away from the house. It looks amazing!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2011 at 12:01AM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

OK, so my wife and I both smelled the CA Sally bloom soon after it opened and it had a very wonderful fragrance! We would call the smell akin to fruity SweetTarts, if you remember those! Very nice fragrance indeed. As the flower got older though the fragrance seemed to fade a bit to maybe more spicey. Fragrance also changes with weather conditions. Humidity seems to bring out the frangrance more.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2011 at 12:35PM
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