Gesneriads forum: more (and still more) Achimenes

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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Sep 20, 2014 5:07 PM CST
The bluest one from an earlier post is still blooming well. Started bloom toward the end of July, so its had a good year.
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The upper basket will be Achimenes 'Flamboyant' and the lower container will be Achimenes 'Prima Donna'. These are similar in every respect except that 'Flamboyant' starts growing and begins its bloom cycle about a week and a half to two weeks earlier than 'Prima Donna'.
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'Flamboyant' also has a more visible (wider) violet halo around the yellow throat which you can see here even in a not very good closeup.
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Here's a closeup of Achimenes 'Jennifer Goode'. The description usually describes this as purple veins on a purple ground. Thats true, but not nearly as obvious as it might be because the color is so intense and the bloom has a pronounced velvet look. That combination softens the veining until it all blurs together.

This is Achimenes 'Summer Sunset'. It's my smallest Achimenes both in foliage and bloom. The blooms run from 1/4-3/4". However, they are the most orange of any that I grow and the intense color combined with the yellow throat make them really pop. The grasshoppers have eaten a lot of the buds, so I think this plant won't be as successful in blooming as it usually is.

Here is Achimenes 'Elke'. First bloom today. It's the only one I'm growing in a clay pot and I hope to change that next year. The squirrels decided the Achimenes were a food source when I first got this one and then mice got into it during winter storage in the garage, so I ended up with only a single rhizome and have been working back up from that.
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This is a closeup of the bloom on 'Elke'. It's a bright salmon pink with the emphasis on the pink. The blooms are usually larger than this. Maybe some of the later ones will be.
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A relative to the Achimenes, this is a closeup of the bloom on Eucodonia 'Adele'. The grasshoppers have decimated the buds this year and here have even eaten some of the foliage. It's a spectacular plant usually. It's still trying. For perspective, the face of the bloom is about the size of a quarter.

(Zone 6a)
Sep 24, 2014 5:53 AM CST
All of your achimenes are making me chomp at the bit for next year!
Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Sep 24, 2014 6:21 AM CST
Donald, you sure have the touch for Gesneriads ... great growing, they are beautiful!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~

Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
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Oct 11, 2014 12:12 PM CST
Oh need rain, I so enjoyed your pix! Your Achimenes are beautiful! Stunning!
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Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Oct 11, 2014 12:18 PM CST
I agree! I love all of your Achimenes and their cousins! Green Grin!

Mine never look as good as yours...

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