I discovered Flower Friday while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and decided to begin sharing some flower pictures from our gardens along with some information about them. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!
Last time I shared: Screaming Neon Red Rose
I’ll be creating a Flower Friday page where all previous Flower Friday shares will be available by links.
Baby Mantis & Moss Rose Purslane
We have a little baby mantis living in a flower box on our deck. It’s an amazing experience seeing this guy come out to hunt every morning. We’ve had handfuls of these pop up in our landscaping in the past, but it’s been at least a few years. As of now this one is about the size of a quarter. We hope it stays!
Here’s a short video of it hunting for flies. I’m always amazed with how they turn their little heads. You’ll have to forgive me on the audio; my children are quite loud.
This year we decided to put moss rose purslane in two of the deck boxes. They’ve flourished with tons of blooms.
We’ve grown these in the ground before but not in a container. One nice thing is that even though these are annuals, they reseed, and some will come back the following year.
“Portulaca grandiflora is a succulent flowering plant in the family Portulacaceae, native to Argentina, southern Brazil, and Uruguay and often cultivated in gardens. It has many common names, including rose moss, eleven o’clock, Mexican rose, moss rose, sun rose, rock rose, and moss-rose purslane.” – Wikipedia
Thanks for checking out Flower Friday! What do you have blooming this week? Have a wonderful weekend!