Thursday, April 12, 2012

Can I Bring You Home?

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Pride of Madeira and CA Sea Lavender, Spring 2012
Pride of Madeira...they are so beautiful flowers to me. Each time I see them, I can't help but stop and admire their beauty. The picture above was taken just last weekend. The Pride of Madeira first caught my attention last year when we were chasing wildflowers at Mission Bay. The Pride of Madeira flowers are not wild because they are part of the beautiful landscape at South Shores Park in Mission Bay. Coming out from the parking lot, they were the first flowers I saw, and the beautiful blue was calling me. I was wearing a pink shirt that time, so I did not let the opportunity passed without having a picture with it. Because blue and pink are both special to me. :)

Pink Enjoying The Gift of Blue, Spring 2011
Blue reminds me of my dear friend and Salitype sister Zen, who also contributes in this blog. Pink is my favorite color. I was with my cousin at that time, and we both had a wonderful time photographing this unique flower. The pride of Madeira grow very tall when they mature, about 6- 8 feet. You can see from the picture below that I was being dwarfed by some Pride of Madeira flowers.
Can you see the Towering Pride of Madeira behind me? I am 5'6.5" tall, so those behind me must be 7- 8 ft
The young pride of madeira flower is usually blue, however, as it grows older, it becomes purple, more like dark pink. Yeah, blue to of friendship that the Salitype Society sisters are blessed with. Last Sunday, while chasing the wildflowers again at Mission Bay,
Spring 2012 Wildflowers at Mission Bay
the very first flowers that greeted me again were the pride of madeira blossoms. They were easy to spot since they were right next to the parking lot of South Shores Park.
Pride of Madeira Flowers
Seeing the beautiful blue made me wish to bring these flowers home. I have brought their joy with me through the pictures, but I would love to see some of them home. With our little yard, I know I have to give up some of my plants to give room for the pride of madeira. I researched on how to groom pride of madeira plants, and what a joy to find out that these flowers which are endemic to the island of Madeira are easy to grow. I found out some even grow them in pots! Whoa! Since I feel sad thinking of uprooting some of our plants to give space and room for the pride of madeira, I am thinking that maybe, one of the better options for now is to try growing the pride of madeira in big pots. Since I am running out of planting mix, I spent some time searching for planting mix that would not require me to change the soil every year. At times like this, I wish Philippines is my backyard. Back there, I did not have to buy planting mix, my loving late mother taught me how to make our planting mix. We would gather some coconut husks, and we would mix it with some soil. My mom told me then that she learned it from our orchids which grew so beautifully only in coconut husks. My searching online brought me to Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™. I learned that Concentrated Planting Mix is different from basic potting and garden soils. It’s a unique blend of Miracle-Gro® plant food and coconut coir fiber, very similar to what I have learned from my late mom. No surprise to me then why we really had beautiful flowers in our yard. Here is what I have learned more from my search: 

Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™ can do everything a big, heavy bag of soil can do, only better. This concentrated planting mix expands up to 3 times when mixed with water, feeds plants for up to 6 months, makes native soil more workable and retains up to 50% more moisture than basic potting soil. In pots or in‐ground, the absorbent coir fibers help ensure that water is used efficiently. Expand ‘n Gro retains up to 50% more moisture than basic potting soils and then releases water as plants need it, to help prevent over or under watering. Since moisture and nutrients must be able to reach plant roots, proper air space and circulation in soil is critical for plant health. Tilling this planting mix into native soil can reduce the soil’s bulk density – making it up to 40% lighter, and creating up to 90% more air space. The result is more workable native soil with better water holding ability, moisture distribution, and drainage, all of which ultimately creates an improved rooting environment for plants.

Now, I can't wait for my trial size sample to arrive. Check out the video below how you can also avail like me of free sample size from Miracle-Gro. 
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I am hoping I will be able to use my sample trial size in time for the pride of madeira,
the flower I wish to bring home. Advertisement
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  1. looks like i need Miracle Grow too! great post Beth! i have one coming up courtesy of Zen. :)

  2. Gorgeous flowers and lovely photos. Love the pink and purple together. Have a wonderful day.

  3. Wow..those are tall and beautiful flowers! (I have already used my free sample, and now wait to see the blooms. Happy..happy :-)

  4. those flowers are so beautiful, I understand why they load u with so much good mood! can I have some too*a bag of the ground too:-))

  5. These bleu flower are perfect, I have never seen them so big.


  6. Hi Beth, I am excited to try Miracle Gro's Expand and Gro! Weee! Those purple-ish blue flowers are so so beautiful! I echo your sentiments, how I wish I can take home a piece or two of those gorgeous flowers!