Variegated plants are what makes so many of our gardens attractive. To try to name all the plants, bushes and flowers on our planet is almost impossible. In fact, it is this enormous variety that makes our planet so beautiful. Yet today, not satisfied with this vast array, we have manipulated and propagated even more, by producing variations within individual plants, so that some plants would produce leaves and flowers of several different colors.
This one is found all over Hawaii. They greatly add to the islands' beauty and variety. Sorry, I'm not sure of the name of this plant but I do like it very much. It could be called Croton.
It isn't only man that has made variegated plants. Many plants just grow that way. It's the way they are meant be. But this plant is almost certainly deliberately propagated to be bi-colored:
It is an amaryllis, a beautiful flower grown from a bulb, that is very popular around Christmas time. This particular flower grows in the back yard of our old house. We received it as a gift in a plant pot and when the flower died we planted the bulb in the yard. It has rewarded us every year since with blooms that are about 9 inches across. This particular variety is called peppermint candy for obvious reasons and is very popular at Christmas. I certainly hope that the new owners of our old house realize it is there and appreciate it as much as we did.
The Iron Cross Begonia
The Peacock Plant
Pleomele - The Song of India.
(These last three photos are courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens)
I have never been much interested in growing things, although botany and natural history are something I have studied a little. Yet having done a little research for this blog, I think I might try my hand at raising one or two plants especially since there seems to be quite a lot of information and directions on the web and the many variegated plants illustrated have piqued my interest. I'm not sure I have a green thumb but we shall see.
This is my entry for ABC Wednesday this week. This wonderful project has almost finished its 9th round through the alphabet. I love it because I learn something new every week. Why not pop across to this blog http://www.abcwednesday-mrsnesbitt.blogspot.com/and see what new things you can learn. Thanks Mrs. Nesbitt and Roger Owen Green!