November 13, 2009. Three potted gerbera plants continue to reward for being moved into a sunny window in the garage. All I’ve done since then is give them some water about once a week, and they keep giving back. In a previous post I offered a photo I took of the last gerbera blossom. But today my favorite photographer made the latest gerbera the subject of his lens.
Did you know these South African natives, in all their breathtaking beauty, are the fifth most common cut flower? Yep, they stand in line behind the rose, carnation, chrysanthemum, and tulip (thank you Wikipedia.org). There’s even a Gerbera.org where you can learn more. I fell in love with gerberas as cut flowers long ago so this spring, when many potted gerberas were available for a very good price (Staehly Farms in the spring) I grabbed a bunch for my deck containers. I think the photos here are of Festival Dark Eye Neon Rose. I planted them along with petit licorice (Helichrysum petiolare) knowing the latter’s spread would mask any unattractive gerbera foliage, and would offset the vibrant dark pink gerbera blooms. And to mix it up a little, I threw in some white and pink verbenas, and these simple combinations did not let me down. The gerberas bloomed on and off all summer and into the fall, and the verbenas and gray-leaved licorice plants kept the pots showy in their own right. But now, with the continued indoor blooms of the gerberas, I know I will have these long-bloomers in every summer garden from now on.
I’m anxious to see how long the plants will bloom before they go completely dormant – or if they will go dormant – and I’ll try to keep you apprised of the success of my overwintering gerbera experiment, even if I fail to keep them alive. But until they sleep … or give up the ghost … I’m going to relish each and every blossom – one dazzling beauty at a time.
Oh yes … these photos? Same flower, just different light settings.