Tuesday, October 2

blushing bride



last week i posted a photo of a flower called blushing bride that i'd stumbled across on gracia louise's blog. i had never seen it before, loved it immediately, and had a pretty hard time getting the results i was after by googling "blushing bride" and "flower".

i didn't check back at gracia's blog to see that she'd posted some info about the flowers. we turned up the same stuff:

  • blushing bride is serruria florida, from the protea family.

  • the common name for the genus serruria is spiderhead

  • there are over 50 species native to south africa

  • they grow as small evergreen shrubs in dry, nutrient poor soil

  • they make great potted plants, and even better cut flowers -- they last 7-10 days, and dry well.

housemartin told me that the blushing brides she'd seen are a lot more pale and less pink than the ones gracia louise posted. turns out that gracia's are actually a variety called sugar and spice, and i think they're the prettiest.

i found nurseries that carry them in england, and australia, but no luck for canada so far...

2 comments:

robyn said...

Erin,
Great post, love the pics.
I meant to tell you it was a protea and forgot. Sorry about that. It was my daughter's b.day today and my husband's a few days ago, plus working on a new garden... thanks for all of your nice comments today.
Best~ Robyn :)

pfang said...

the flowers look so lovely...