Friday, October 30, 2009

A posie for you and some love for my favorite Portland tree, Harlequin Glorybower

fall bouquet
It's Friday. You deserve some flowers. These are from our garden after I roamed a bit with the clippers. Zinnias and perennial sunflowers here, but other blooms still going are the mexican sage, nasturtiums, sedum, salvias, and then there's all of the foliage color going strong.

The view out the kitchen window into the garden....
The summer sleeping place transitions to fall

That's my favorite Portland tree, Clerodendron trechotomum (Harlequin Glorybower) turning over the next phase of its season. I wrote more about it and this special sleeping place here. The fragrant white Autumn blooms have turned into these mesmerizing vivid turqouise and fushcia drupe and calex parts.

If you happen upon one of these trees at this time of year they'll stop you in your tracks. They almost look unreal. Here you can see some of them in mass.

Fall approaches: Harlequin Glorybower

And because it's just screaming for a macro, here you go: I think it needs a Star Trek soundtrack behind it, all those blinking lights sounds.

Drupe and calex of Clerodendron trechotomum

The colors in the garden are popping with the backdrop of our returning grey skies. Enjoy them now, for we both know what is coming....

8 comments:

Brenda said...

I'm so happy to know the name of this tree which did stop me in my tracks just this week! I'm so enjoying your blog, and made some fig jam just yesterday, thanks to your inspiration.

Brenda Kinoshita

LeLo said...

I love it when people I know in real life find my blog. :) You go girl, Brenda. Fig jam makes holiday parties better: I hope to see you at some!

Adam said...

Great pics! I don't know why I'm surprised, eheheheh. You must be a professional photographer! Anyway, what a great view you have. No wonder that gardening magazine portrayed you!

Congrats"!!!

Adam (mrelife.blogspot.com)

Radio Gretchen said...

I once posted a photo of the Harlequin Glorybower on my dear departed old blog, asking if anyone knew what this plant was called. You were the first to post a comment.

And so it began...

Grace Peterson said...

LeAnn~~ My Clerodenrum is inferior. I don't know why exactly but maybe it hates me. It will bloom prolifically but the berries are few and they drop off at the slightest wind. A neighbor has a gorgeous specimen and I'm wondering if I should go beg for a cutting. Thank you for the flowers!

A Lewis said...

Why is it that I feel better after looking at your site. The colors, the attitude, the stories.....makes me feel good.

Cherry Lipsmacker AKA Angela said...

Hi,
Thanks so much for this blog post! I live down the street from you, and I walked past this tree last week and was wondering what it was called. It's exquisite!

Farmer Jo said...

I have that tree in my (NPDX too!) yard. I call it a peanut butter tree because the leaves smell like peanut butter when you rub them.