Thursday, June 28, 2007

Datura Blooms That Never Had a Chance



My Datura plant had several buds on it before we got the heavy rains last week, the rain bent the flowers over so they were not standing up like they are suppose to, right now I have several more ready to open, if heavy rain is forecast I am going to put the pot in the garage. This is how the flowers looked after the rain. The first photo was taken before the rains, the bloom was still upright but not completely open.

14 comments:

gardenmomma (Chris) said...

I'm so sorry about your blooms! The rain is doing a number on our garden in Dallas, as well. This is the second rainiest June in history for us. It's weird to have so much green right now.

Christa said...

Sorry to hear the rain is getting them down. That first photo is so beautiful. Such an interesting bloom.

kris said...

Bummer - first photo is beautiful. Send some of that rain north - we are soooo dry - every time they forecast anything it seems to miss us.

Ki said...

For some reason I thought all Datura flowers hung down. I guess I've seen too many of those huge brugmansia types in nurseries. The wild ones stick out sideways but I'm not familiar with the up facing ones. Very nice blossoms. I hope yours survives the rains.

DeeMom said...

WOW neat shots plus a new plant for me to investigate. This year has been quite odd on many trees, shrubs etc. The roofers managed to stand on one of my Calla Lilies, Oh well there is next year ;)

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Ki, Datura blooms always face upward and brugmansia face down, that is the only way I can tell them apart.

Thanks for comments and stopping by! I think the next blooms will be open in a few days.

A wildlife gardener said...

I'm sorry about your datura plant, but congratulations on all the fabulous photos of superb blooms on your previous few posts, daylilies, roses, rudbeckias...brilliant!

DeeMom said...

I did some investigation and Lo and Behold…
Wow, that is the flower I have noticed for several years. I for some reason never had or took the time to ask the elderly lady for a slip of it.
And as they say, “ Here is the Rest of the Story!”

I shall knock upon her door soon.

joey said...

Wow! I'm learning from your blog. Am unfamiliar with Datura ... love the photos! Always a treat to pop in on your site.

Alyssa said...

I think that your Daturas will be OK. Maybe a tad ragged but I've found that they are pretty hardy. I'll bet they might try to turn upward when the sun comes out. Good idea to keep the plant out of the pounding rain though. Luckily, it wasn't hail!

Alyssa

LostRoses said...

Poor daturas! Actually my plants look kinda like that and it's from LACK of rain. It's a full time job trying to give our plants what they need, isn't it, especially when Mother Nature is being a bit overwhelming.

kate said...

I love Datura and am sorry to hear that the rains are playing such havoc with the blooms. I think it's wise to take them to the garage ...

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Sorry to hear about that beating they got, but quite a few things in our garden got slammed by those last 2 big storms as well.

As for the daturas... do you grow them in a pot for a reason? We just let a few of the (hundreds of)seedlings go each year and grow right where they came up. Then again, maybe that's why you put it in a pot? To avoid having hundreds of seedlings everywhere each year! :)

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Iowa Victory Gardener, I grow them in a pot so they do not spread. This one is a bit "fancier" than the thorn apple one that will take over everything. Since they are poisonous I don't like them growing hither and yon :).