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Chris - The Globe Centura is opening!

14+kitties
July 17th, 2009, 11:00 AM
I promised pics when it started to open. The plant is about 4 feet tall now. Only a couple of buds open but tons more to come. I will take a few more once there is.
I only wish they would last longer. :sad:
First one I took about two weeks ago.
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A close up of a bud.
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One of the buds opened. They are spectacular when in full bloom.
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mollywog
July 17th, 2009, 11:06 AM
wow! ever pretty! I have never seen one of those before!
I don't know where you find the time, between work, family, the catuary, and gardening! :eek:

Bailey_
July 17th, 2009, 11:09 AM
Wowza! What a cool plant! Where did you get it??? Can it only grow in a certain climate?

CearaQC
July 17th, 2009, 11:15 AM
I think most thistle-like plants are pretty hardy in cold climes, with the exception of the globe artichoke.

Globe Centaurea is a robust perennial from the Caucasus, reportedly introduced to Britain in 1805. The Philadelphia nurseryman, Bernard McMahon, sent seeds of the species to Thomas Jefferson in 1812. Easily grown from seed, the plant forms clumps three to four feet high with large thistle-like flowers in early summer. Its chestnut-brown buds open to expose a crown of rich yellow florets.

Sow seeds in spring or summer, covering with no more than one-half inch of soil. Globe Centaurea does best in full sun, and in well-drained soils that are not too rich. USDA Zones 3-9.

Just thought you all would enjoy a bit of plant history!

Chris21711
July 17th, 2009, 11:25 AM
Thanks a lot 14k, I love those guys they are unusual and I like Oddball Stuff....Gerri :rolleyes:

I have so many garden threads I have to catch up on, mine looks like a disaster zone this year, I have been real negligent :sad:

hazelrunpack
July 17th, 2009, 12:00 PM
Purple bud and yellow flower? As I was watching the pics s l o w l y load, that little surprise knocked my socks off. :eek:

Oh, wait! I wasn't wearing socks... :o

Never mind. :p

It's still cool, though! :thumbs up

14+kitties
July 17th, 2009, 06:43 PM
Wowza! What a cool plant! Where did you get it??? Can it only grow in a certain climate?
I think most thistle-like plants are pretty hardy in cold climes, with the exception of the globe artichoke.
Just thought you all would enjoy a bit of plant history!

Thanks Ceara. I got it probably 5 years ago at a nursury. I haven't seen it since. It looks a little weedlike and probably didn't catch on. I keep trying to collect seeds from it but not many of them are a great size. Yes Bailey, I think it would grow well in Alberta.

Thanks a lot 14k, I love those guys they are unusual and I like Oddball Stuff....Gerri :rolleyes:

I don't know what you are referring to. :rolleyes:

I have so many garden threads I have to catch up on, mine looks like a disaster zone this year, I have been real negligent :sad:

Yep, mine need tons of tlc too. Way too many weeds this year. I will get to them sometime.

Purple bud and yellow flower? As I was watching the pics s l o w l y load, that little surprise knocked my socks off. :eek:

Oh, wait! I wasn't wearing socks... :o
Never mind. :p
It's still cool, though! :thumbs up

:laughing: Not really purple buds. They are actually brownish. But neat. It's a bit of a conversation piece, right Chris?

14+kitties
July 17th, 2009, 06:44 PM
wow! ever pretty! I have never seen one of those before!
I don't know where you find the time, between work, family, the catuary, and gardening! :eek::thumbs up

Can you say perennials? :D The only way to go for gardeners with not a lot of free time. I have never seen one in anyone else's flower beds either. Like I said, I don't think it caught on. Oh well, I love it.

Chris21711
July 18th, 2009, 07:10 PM
:laughing: Not really purple buds. They are actually brownish. But neat. It's a bit of a conversation piece, right Chris?

Yes Gerri :D

Now you say that the buds are brownish, I think I have one from the same family, 'cept the flowers are pink......I will take pics :rolleyes:

14+kitties
July 19th, 2009, 10:42 AM
Yes Gerri :D

Now you say that the buds are brownish, I think I have one from the same family, 'cept the flowers are pink......I will take pics :rolleyes:

Please do. That would be neat! Maybe if I can find a seed or two this year I can start one for you for next year. :D