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Friday, September 25, 2009

Go Figure



Now that I took the hummingbird feeders down and our resident birds have headed south... our Cardinal Climbers or Ipomoea x multifida are blooming like crazy. Go figure !
Still seeing some travelers passing by...so it's a good thing.




Another late bloomer.




Have a million of these on all the flowers.
What the heck are they ? Some kind of moth is my guess.




By the way....the voting has started at Blotanical.
Good luck everyone !

30 comments:

  1. Cardinal climbers? Shame on me, I've never heard of them before! Thank you Patsi, I learned something new!

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  2. I didn't know the name of the Cardinal Climbers, which are wild flowers here.

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  3. Tatyana,
    Lots of people never heard of them even some master gardeners I know. They always think of trumpet vines which have different leaves and large stiff flowers.
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    LotusLeaf,
    Very cool ! Lucky you.

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  4. Hi Patsi, those red flowers must be like blaring ads where the sound gets so loud like the commercial on TV to the hummers. Your little butterfly is a skipper of some kind.

    Frances

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  5. Patsi girl ! I tried cardinal Climbers aka Cypress Vine but no luck .. they looked sickly and just plain awful .. so another seed off my list but when i see them on other sites they look fabulous ! .. your Canna is gorgeous too !
    I some times go back and try a plant that has failed .. like my "heathers" yet again .. I am trying .. go figure ? LOL

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  6. It's been awhile since I've been able to visit, so delighted! Good luck and happy Autumn Gardening (keep your camera near ... love your photos)!

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  7. Joy,
    I grow them just for the hummingbirds but have to have them in a garden bed with other plants.
    Not so great by themselves.
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    Rosemary and Tiggerlot,
    Many thanks.
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    Joey,
    I know what you mean about visiting...my list of people to visit keeps getting longer.
    Can't seem to stop myself then I wind up running out of energy. :(

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  8. I see someone let you know that's a skipper. My cypress vines and cardinal climbers are producing more blooms now, too. I don't normally see many hummingbirds, though. I saw one on them and the black and blue salvia last year, though.

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  9. The Cardinal Climber has such a bright red color to it, the hummingbirds may just fly back to see them!

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  10. Beautiful, Patsi! I'm gonna try that cardinal vine next year! Love those skippers...they're everywhere aren't they?

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  11. The cardinal climber is beautiful. Maybe I'll try one next year. Love the deep red flowers. Your butterfly is one of the skippers but don't know which one.
    Marnie

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  12. Sue,
    What's with the late blooms? Don't get it. Salvia is good too but a feeder proves more effective for resident hummers.
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    Catherine,
    It's a shame they bloomed so late. The Climbers were always a favorite.
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    Lynn,
    Not sure if I like the skippers...lots of any bug/bird kinda creeps me out. ha
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    Marnie,
    They sure are red...will start them earlier next year. They always were a all day/everyday favorite of the hummers.

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  13. I love the cardinal climbers, we have never usually had warm enough weather for them to bloom. Except with global warming, now it is definitely hot enough.

    Jen

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  14. Patsi, what a wonderful post. Cardinal climber is looking great. We grow red hot pocker for attracting sun birds. we have sun birds instead of hummings here.

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  15. Jen,
    Funny thing is...didn't get more than a few blooms till the temps got a little cooler.
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    Muhammad,
    Ok, now I have to check out sun birds and red hot pockers. :)

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  16. Love the cardinal climber plant. I'm not familiar with that one. Very pretty.

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  17. I have some cardinal climber seeds, still in the package! I just didn't get around to planting them this summer. Oh well--I think they might be good again next year? It's a good thing you have them blooming, if you've got some stray hummingbirds, it'll be just what they're looking for! I have seen quite a few skippers here, too. I know they're butterflies, but they do kind of look like moths, don't they!?

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  18. Donna,
    It might be close to the cardinal creeper.
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    Jan,
    See some stray hummers almost daily...easy to see them on these vines.
    Happy, now I'll have fresh seeds for next year !

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  19. Hi, just drop by to visiting your lovely blog & post.

    Those are beautiful Cardinal Vine plant, do remember to take those seeds for the next season & your canna lily is so lovely.

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  20. Looks as though your weather might still be nice enough to enjoy your late bloomers anyway. nice.

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  21. James,
    Thanks. Try to save seeds for certain plants that I always repeat.
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    Victoria,
    Tomorrow will be 65 degrees...65 to 70 my favorite !

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  22. Beautiful photos, what a feast the hummers missed!

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  23. Hi Patsi, Those beautiful flowers! Even if the hummingbirds missed them, YOU didn't! And we can enjoy them! The little butterfly is a Skipper... don't know which one. Happy October! :-)

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  24. Those late hummers will enjoy the cardinal climbers-such a pretty shade of red.

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  25. Patsi, there are so many great blogs on Blotanical. I should admit, it gets a bit crowdy.
    I voted for your blog. It's one of my favorites, and your garden is an inspiration for me. Happy autumn gardening!

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  26. Iowa Women,
    That's what I say !!! Why couldn't they bloom when my resident hummers were here.
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    Shady,
    I agree it's a shame. The Skipper is not so pretty...that's why I thought it was a moth.
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    Tina,
    Shame....they're blooming like crazy.
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    Tatyana,
    Many thanks. You also got my votes..#1
    Stuart did very well putting it together.

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  27. Those cardinal climbers are gorgeous! Yep, it does look like a moth. I also voted for you at Blotanical!

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  28. After seeing your pictures, I've added cardinal climbers to my list next year. Hope they do as well as yours.

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