Monday, August 17, 2009

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day -- August 2009

I'm only going to share one flower. But it's a real stunner. I consider it by far the most gorgeous flower in the garden right now.

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Here is the plant that produced this flower.

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And finally, here is the fruit--considered a berry--produced by this flower.

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21 comments:

Daphne said...

That is a stunner of a flower. I wish my eggplants were doing as well as yours. I think two of mine have late blight. I didn't think they got it, but I guess they are in the same family. Luckily another variety seems just fine.

Curmudgeon said...

Hi Daphne. Well, we're having plenty of problems elsewhere in the garden. Most plants are very stressed with the 100+ temps and the lack of rain. But the eggplants and peppers are growing in EarthBoxes which have a water reservoir and they are happy as can be.

GardenJoy4Me said...

Dear Wenches : )
That is a beautiful flower and to have something extra from it is a wonderful gift. I think a lot of people who don't garden have no idea what pretty flowers veggies produce .. I loved to see my poor little pumpkin flowers .. the pumpkins never quite made it but the flowers were awesome !
Joy

Kerri said...

Those eggplants look so healthy and the flower is a stunner for sure! Wow!
I'm looking forward to seeing your hot peppers...LOL.
It was so good to hear from you Curmudgeon. Thanks for stopping by :)
Isn't it a shame we couldn't share the rain and have a happy medium between the wets and the drys? We're getting our share of heat and humidity now and I'm actually enjoying it. Makes me feel like I'm in an Australian summer. I feel cheated if I don't get at least a little taste of "Aussie summer" :)

Curmudgeon said...

Oh I know what you mean Joy about squash flowers. They are so gorgeous. And after 3 yrs of trying, we're still waiting for our first squash.

Enjoy your "Aussie summer" Kerri!Our heat wave this week shouldn't be as bad as the last one--no triple digits.

Andrea said...

O, I agree. I was surprised the 1st year I planted them. I never knew that egg plant had such beautiful blooms. Happy Summer! A~

Curmudgeon said...

Hi Andrea! This is our first year growing eggplants. I'm totally in love with these plants. The leaves and stems are so fuzzy. And I love the purple tinge. The flowers are adorable. And my favorite sumer dish is ratatouille.I'm just amazed that we haven't tried growing these sooner.

JGH said...

Amazing! I don't grow eggplant because I'm not that into eating it. But maybe it's worth it just for the flowers if they look like these...

Curmudgeon said...

Greetings JGH! I was reading that people grow them as ornamentals in the border garden. They are imposing plants with interesting architecture. The flower clusters hide under leaves but they have enough color to tease you into coming closer for a better look.

Teresa said...

That is a beauty in any form. I have never grown eggplants, but maybe next year.

Cynthia said...

I am in love with the blooms on my eggplant as well this year. So pretty aren't they? Yours looks especially healthy with those dark green leaves!

Sylvana said...

I love eggplant flowers! I wish my plants were as big as yours. I've only ever been able to get one eggplant off each of my plants, and this year my rate is looking even worse -- but they do flower well for me!

the inadvertent farmer said...

My eggplant is so prolific this year I'm not quite sure what to do with it all. That bloom is stunning! Kim

Curmudgeon said...

Hi Teresa! This is our first time growing them. They are such interesting looking plants.

Greetings Cynthia! The little plant tag says "insignificant blooms". HA!

Hi Sylvana! While reading up on how to grow eggplants I learned that they are the most temperature sensitive of the heat lovers--they won't set fruit if temps dip below 70. Good thing we picked this summer to try them for the first time! Usually we struggle to get into the 70s here.

Thanks Kim! Ratatouille is my favorite summer dish, but keeping it simple, nothing beats grilled eggplant with a little olive oil drizzled on top. Yum!

HappyMouffetard said...

That is indeed a beautiful flower and I am very impressed, having never been able to grow a single fruit from one.

garden girl said...

Wow, what a gorgeous bloom. I've never tried growing eggplant, thought about it this year but ran out of room. I love it though, and the plant, bloom, and fruit are all beautiful. Have to find more room next year!

Curmudgeon said...

Thanks HappyMouffetard! They seem to be very happy. I'm rather surprised they're doing so well since they are so temperature sensitive--must be our hotter than normal summer.

LOL Garden Girl! I know what you mean about needing to find more room to grow stuff! We moved the table and chairs off of our patio so we could grow more veggies and herbs.

Sunita said...

That's stunning! And a bit funny that the common eggplant's flower is usually overlooked. Loved your photo!

Curmudgeon said...

Thanks Sunita! I don't think there is anything "insignificant" about these flowers--no matter what the plant tag says.

wiseacre said...

I wouldn't eat eggplant if my wife's life depended on it but I always plant some because I love the way they look.

Curmudgeon said...

That's some strong eggplant dislike Wiseacre! LOL! But they sure are interesting and beautiful plants.