Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Large Heleconias

The sexy pink lady has been blooming - right in the back corner, and high up so nobody could really get to enjoy it.
 I cut it down and put it inside in a  vase - luckily I have this wonderful vase big enough to accommodate such a large flower.
 a week or so ago I noticed that the other large heleconia is also blooming - there was just a bit of red peeking out between the leaves.

 Now it is beginning to unfurl - I always think the flowers that take so long to open seem to last the longest, so I am curbing my impatience.


 It is a fairly large plant, but hopefully I can curtail its growth enough to have  a few flowers yet not allow it to overtake the whole garden.  I have already transplanted a few cuttings out into the central island where there is more room for it to grow and spread.
I am linking this post to Noels hot loud and proud meme - check out more hot loud and proud tropical plants and flowers here  hot

11 comments:

  1. What gorgeous flower...how lovely to be able to grow such an exotic looking plant...well done!

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  2. That is so spectacular. It's one of the many things I love about North Qld. We could never grow them like that here.

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  3. Wow! What an amazing flower!

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  4. That is a sizable gorgeous gal! That would mean the plant is very tall, taller than my trees.

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  5. Beautiful! I envy you. Our large heliconias have turned dwarf. We have sexy pinks but no sexy flowers to boast of.

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  6. Aloha,

    georgious, come and link this to the hot meme this week!

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  7. Theanne and Baron,
    so lucky to live here - Once they get established, you spend most of your gardening time cutting back!
    Missy,
    Glad I could share - you have a beautiful garden - nothing is missing!
    Alison - thanks
    One -
    yes it goes right up into the lychee tree which is pretty tall.
    Solitude Rising,
    thats strange - I would have thought they would have loved all the space you have. Maybe they like to be compacted a bit?
    Noel,
    Ok I will do that

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  8. Your sexy lady is really tall. She can't fit into any of my vases nor my garden! I love heliconias.

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  9. You really are so fortunate being able to enjoy those beautiful tropical specimen plants! Their displays are absolutely worth waiting for. The heliconia looks like a large red strelitzia in this photo. Can't wait to see it fully opened!

    How did you manage to stop the vase that contains the pink lady from toppling? What a stunning arrangement it makes!

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  10. Autumn belle,
    Well it really is in all honesty too big for my garden too, but it is staying!
    Desiree,
    I do have a strelitzia and cant wait for it to flower too- evidently they can take a couple of years. that is out the front where it is drier and sunnier.
    that vase used to have a pump it it - the water cascades over those little grey cups in the front, but the pump broke - I probably shoved too many flowers into it! It is very heavy - it will never topple over.

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  11. Hi AA. I happened to be reading your newest post when the label for this one caught my eye. I must have sexy-pink on the brain cause it is in my newest post. Yours is exceptionally tall though.

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