Throwback Thursday : Annie's (Part 2)

As promised in my first Throwback Thursday post, here is my feature on the flowering plants found in Richmond based Annie's Annuals and Perennials.

When my family first moved into our present house, I initially filled our outdoors with potted flowering plants but most of these eventually gave way to my tillandsias and cycads.  I've come full circle lately and have started finding an interest in flowers, this time native orchids.

During our visit to Annie's, I was still entrenched in my tillandsia and cycad phase but this did not prevent me from appreciating all the blooms that were on display.  The assault of color was just too much.  It couldn't be ignored.  Flower power at its best.


Agrostemma githago 'Ocean Pearls'

Agrostemma githago or Corncockle is a trumpet shaped flower with 5 petals.  Ocean Pearls referring to its white color.  There is speckled coloration at the throat which is more pronounced in summer. 

Alonsoa meridionalis 'Red Mask'

This mask flower from Peru blooms best in summer.  They make wonderful cut flowers but are short-lived.  Something this beautiful should have a longer life.  The irony of life.

Anchusa capensis


This biennial species is from Africa and produces blue, saucer-shaped flowers.  I like blue flowers because they don't look real. The color is very similar to plumbago which I have in my garden and is incidentally also from Africa.

Calendula officinalis 'Bronzed Beauty'


Also known as pot marigold,  this flower comes from Southern Europe.  Its petals are peach in contrast to its dark center.  I've been hearing about "Marigold" since my childhood.  It used to be a popular brand of condensed milk which I liked using as a spread for my sandwich when I was a kid.  Yes, I know this is off-topic.  :-D

Cynoglossum amabile   (Chinese Forget-me-not)

Obviously, Chinese Forget-me-not flowers are from . . . China.  The flowers are funnel shaped and turquoise-blue and smell like dimsum.  Just kidding.

Delphinium elatum

This species can be found from the Pyrenees to Siberia.  It grows spikes of at least 12 inches in height.  True elatum varieties are now seldom cultivated and in place are hybrids.  The range of this plant is just awesome - from western Europe to Asia.  As a child, I used to think nothing grew in Siberia.  Now, I wonder, does anything grow in Antarctica?

Eschscholzia californica   (Orange California Poppy)

From West America, the flowers of this species are bright orange-yellow and saucer-shaped. The color is breath taking as lovely as prison uniform.  Just wow!

 Heliophila spp.

Pretty light blue flowers with white centers that look so dainty and fragile.  I told you I like blue flowers.

Layia platyglossa 'Tidy Tips'

The 'Tidy Tips' flowers are California natives.  Don't you love the lemon-yellow petals with their white tips?

Limnanthes douglasii 'Meadow Foam'

 Also known as "poached egg flower", it is funnel-shaped and looks like the previous flower: white on the outside yellow on the inside.

Lupinus albifrons

Lupinus regalis  'Thomas Church'                                                                        

Lupin flowers are slender and spire-like with the upper petal folded back and the lower petals laterally compressed.  Above are two examples of how multicolored and vibrant they are.  P.S. You can click on the images to enlarge them.

Malcolmia miritima Virginia Stock

This sweetly-scented South Mediterranean species has lilac and white cross-shaped flowers. 

Mimulus pictus 'Calico monkey' flower

Wow!  Look at the pattern on this one.  Vein-like maroon markings on five white petals are the mark of this bloom from the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Nemesia 'Bart Simpson'

Nemesia cheiranthus 'Shooting Stars'

The Nemesia make wonderful cut flowers, lasting well in water.  The white-topped funnel like flowers with yellow pouched bases grow in clusters making them even more attractive.  Looks like an orchid flower.

I lost the ID's on the two flowers above.  Can anyone help me?  Such a contrast of vibrant colors on the left and a pale, simple white on the right.

Papaver commutatum  Ladybird

These poppy flowers deserve their name with the four vibrant red petals with central black markings.  You get a different high from this one unlike its infamous cousin.

  Primula auricula

From the European Alps come these primulas with varicolored flowers.  There are some varieties in this picture.  Which color combination do you like best?

 Sisyrinchium Devon Skies

This hybrid features blue star-shaped  flowers whose petals become darker toward the yellow center.

Tropaeolum majus

This garden nasturtium blooms faintly scented yellow orange flowers.  This species is originally from South America.

Viola 'Tiger Eyes'

I end this flower porn with another patterned bloom.  Dark yellow flowers with black veins running from its black center to the petals' edge.

Which of these flowers did you like best? 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:  Annie's Annuals  & Perennials website