Green Flowers

I thought this blog topic would be appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day.  As a member of the O’Dwyer clan, I always celebrate this holiday in some fashion or another.  Greenish flowers can certainly be welcome additions to the garden.  The Bells of Ireland (Molucella laevis) above is actually showing off apple green calyces as the tidy light pink/white flowers have already occurred in the center of each of those structures.  Regardless, enjoy this tribute to green/greenish flowers in this blog.  Today involved a lot of activity and preparations for our Plantaholics Retreat (Spring Symposium) this Saturday.  It looks like we’ll have a crowd of almost 140 attendees!  The weather looks chilly but nice and we continue to tidy the garden in advance of folks touring the gardens soon.
We had a busy day today with lots of volunteer help.  Larry H. and John worked together on some projects with Larry later shifting to pruning and John helping me with some other tasks.  Marv B. tidied up his moss garden areas which are looking vividly green.  Terry was out to cut and collect more ornamental grasses and we had Peg, Alan and Lloyd all out to tidy up in the gardens.  Dr. Gredler did some painting while Gene worked on sanding another bench for re-staining shortly.  Gary produced more signs and Dick H. ran to the dump and fixed one of our trucks.  We also saw Maury, Phil G. and many others today.  Marleen and Mary D. came in to process the folders for the symposium this afternoon.  It was a sunny and productive St. Patrick’s Day.
‘Green Jewel’ purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) – perennial
 ‘Starmaker Deep Lime’ flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata) – annual
 flowering tobacco (Nicotiana langsdorfii) – annual
 ‘Sophistica Lime Green’ petunia (Petunia sp.) – annual
 ‘Spring Green’ cockscomb celosia (Celosia cristata) – annual
‘Sylphid’ plume celosia (Celosia plumosa) – annual
‘Queen Lime’ zinnia (Zinnia elegans) – annual
 green love-lies-bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus ‘Viridis’)
‘Green Ball’ dianthus (Dianthus hybrida) – annual (above and below)


 ‘Green Mist’  toothpick plant (Ammi visnaga) – annual
‘Lanai Upright Lime Green’ verbena (Verbena hybrida) – annual