Thursday, April 7, 2011

Blue Eyes

'Blue Eyes' is another variety which is often grown as a hanging basket, but which will get much bigger and live far longer if it is planted into the ground or a large standing container. This one really didn't require much pruning to create this beautiful low bush. It makes a nice contrast with the other heights and colors surrounding it.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Black Magic

This is just about a perfect upright fuchsia. It doesn't get tall fast. It isn't slow growing. And it just naturally forms a compact bush with lots of blossoms. All it needs is regular feeding and enough sunshine to keep the growth dense.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Autumn Orange

'Autumn Orange' is one of the varieties which have orange tinges to their blossoms and yet are not triphylla's. Most people wouldn't think of orange as a hue for fuchsias! Two others are 'Thomasina' and 'Torch'. And I am looking forward to finding more!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Ain't She Sweet

Like 'Abby Rose', this one could cascade over a wall or edge of a large container. It can also be pruned into an upright form like I have. Just remember that fuchsias can live for over 100 years. But not if they are planted into small hanging baskets with little room for a big healthy root sytem. Over the years they develope thick trunks covered with very interesting bark. Which is one reason they also make very interesting bonsai. One must be careful when selecting varieties for bonsai though. You don't want one of the faster growing cultivars!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Abby Rose

This upright took a bit of training. Some varieties can go either way, upright or hanging. Some call it "mounding" others call it "lax." To encourage a mounding form to grow upwards may require a temporary stake. And it will require pruning all branches growing downwards. The end result is a very interesting form with height it would have taken it many years to attain on it's own.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Barbara Hanson

'Barbara Hanson' did great in the summer heat last year and I just moved it up from a 5 gallon container to a 15 gallon container. She made it through the winter without a scratch. So I am really looking forward to seeing what this upright can do! Can you believe it is the first of April already!