The season in review

jandey1(TX8)September 16, 2013

I finally finished uploading all my pics from Kauai on the Kauai thread, but like George H. I found some lovely surprises when I got home from vacation.

As we were admiring the huge Edi Moragne trees in Hawaii, my little tree back home was blooming:

I don't know why more people don't have this one. She's a big elegant bloom with a killer scent and big bright foliage. Also supposed to be very hardy.

After waiting an entire Ohcomeonalready for Leona, she finally bloomed when we got back:

The blooms are small right now because our heat is so bad, and the scent is light cola but the colors are fabulous!

This is Not My Valentine, a large pretty pink with great foliage:

I think I'll keep her anyway.

She's doing a weird inflo into branching, too:

This is the seedling bed in mid August. It's now much more dense and taller:

This was where my biggest and happiest surprise was:

YES!! That's an inflo on a JL Tornado seedling!! The biggest seedlings are just under three years old and my two most impressive, JLT1 and Orange Splendor1, both have big inflos on them--I am psyched! The sneaky things were just waiting until I wasn't around to pop those out, hehe.

Maverick is still going, slowly but surely:

She's like a more fragrant pink version of TLD.

Most were done blooming, but I did compile some great shots:


George's Hawaiian Sunset:

The many faces of Desert Sunrise:

And finally able to fill up that pansy ring:

Starting at the top that's Edi, CA Sally, TLD, HI Sunset, CA Sally, Heirloom, CA Sally, Delightful, CA Sally, Desert Sunrise and HI Sunset again.

Mike, I don't know why I can't find pics of Delightful blooming while it rooted, but it did! They smelled wonderful, too--thanks again!

I can't pick one favorite for the year, but three are neck-and-neck:

CA Sally

Desert Sunrise


Okay, okay, four are neck-and-neck:

The marvelous TLD!

It's been a great season!

I'll keep y'all updated when the two seedlings bloom. I can only hope they'll be as nice as the plants they're blooming on, which are both vigorous with impressive foliage. Fingers crossed!


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Oh my...such must be very happy....roxanne

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 10:52AM
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mksmth zone 6b Tulsa Oklahoma(6b)


Absolutely wonderful photos. The more photos of TLD that get posted the more I need to get one.

Im so glad you were able to see and smell Delightful. It is a great producer for me.


    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 2:52PM
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Love the pictures, Jen! I think my favorite is the Desert Sunrise, but they are all pretty.

Congrats on the new seedling inflo, too!

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 2:57PM
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love that DS and the TLD is on my must have list!

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 4:32PM
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kt2fl(okla z7)


Gorgeous flowers! I'm still waiting to see your Kaui Beauty blooms! I'm jealous your seedlings are about to bloom! I can feel the anticipation in you. My oldest seedlings are not even 2 years old yet. Hopefully next year will be the year (I can only hope).


    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 6:03PM
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Those are fabulous flowers and great photos Jen. I love that Desert Sunrise. My cutting collapsed and die 2 days after I received it. I got to get a new one.

I also have lots of new varieties with inflos. I will be posting pictures as they open.


    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 8:44PM
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Jen, is that FCN Leona Hoke? It does not look like Waimea at all. Waimea has wider and overlapping petals.


    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 8:50PM
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Rox, thanks! It's great to have blooms after pouting for two years about how I never got any blooms that I didn't buy!

Mike, I haven't forgotten--your cutting is still on the tree, my friend! Next spring when TLD starts waking up I'll take it off and ship it to you. Should be an easy rooter.

Spiro and plum, thank you! Desert Sunrise is on my "can't be without" list. It'll turn nearly red in our Texas heat.

Kenny, I have Kimi Beauty, which is also a deep red. I'm pretty excited about it, too! But the seedlings--ooh, the anticipation! I'm so nervous I'll accidentally knock one off before it blooms, lol. Don't worry, with your weather you'll probably see some seedling inflo next season. Mine are the big boys, the back left and the tall center ones in the photo (tall one on the right is a cutting). They matured faster than the others, and are thick in the trunk.

George, yes, that's FCN's Leona. All the photos I've seen of Waimea show the wide petals you describe. I hope they're different; I have both.

You definitely must have Desert Sunrise! And we can't wait to see your new varieties! Your photos are always so good.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 9:34PM
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maark23 TX/8a

Amazing plants and flowers Jen!!! I can't wait to see your seedlings flower!

Great job!


    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 9:53PM
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tdogdad(Zone 9)

Jennifer- those are some beautiful pictures of some beautiful flowers. Nice to see how your garden is growing. Bill

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 12:07AM
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freak4plumeria(So CA zone 10)

GORGEOUS!!! What a way to end the season, great show thanks Jen!!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 1:00AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Beautiful Jen !!!

Lovely blooms... I know you were happy with your trees this season!!!

So happy for you!!



    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 5:09PM
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Yea Jen!!!
You'll have to go away more. I think you made them jealous!
Can't wait to see your seedlings. I'm sure they'll be great ones.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 12:11AM
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Those are just beautiful. You are doing an awesome job with your plummies and I am totally jealous that you went to Hawaii this year. Well not too jealous cause we took an Alaskan cruise this year. But no plummies up there!!!


    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 10:16AM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Wow! That Leona Hoke is gorgeous.

I just about ordered it from Florida Colors and then I was able to get my hands on a Waimea (even though they are different).

Great presentation!

    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 10:28AM
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