What's looking good in June 2016


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Let's see what you've got! :D

Check out this bougainvillea I saw last week - not my garden sadly!

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If anyone ever has a decision on taking a second hobby behind gardening, I would highly recommend hiking for this very reason. Of course you have to be the type of person who can stop and smell the ´roses´ also. I am living in central america now, and it is amazing to be able to just go for a hike somewhere and see all these amazing exotic plants in breathtaking colors.
 
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:)Hello neighbor @petesede So where are your photos? Although i should be the last one to ask. When i first moved to Mexico and some five years plus after, every weekend involved in hiking in the out of the way (way out of the way) places for over 5 years and i never took a camera with me:eek: I guess i like to travel light. It is an amazing way to meet the people and to get to know a country. The experiences were mind-boggling. The interior is practically empty, mountainous and marvelous ...such a different experience from hiking in the US. It was funny to see so many "house plants" growing wild:LOL:
 
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My goodness @Vinaya what a simply breath-taking rose and i am not really a fan of roses, but i love this rose, and i love the photo, and i love the fragrance (yes, i can too smell it). If i were going to name this photo, i would name it "Serenity". The July photo contest it titled "flowers", so i hope you enter this one.
 
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What a beautiful blue the Alkanet is. I understand it is frequently used as a dye. You could dye your hair with it @zigs , but i don't think it will come out that lovely shade of blue, more likely it will be a reddish color. Have you tried using it as a dye? It would be nice to get an id on the pointy purple flower because it is so unusual. Does it have a fragrance?
 
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What a beautiful blue the Alkanet is. I understand it is frequently used as a dye. You could dye your hair with it @zigs , but i don't think it will come out that lovely shade of blue, more likely it will be a reddish color. Have you tried using it as a dye? It would be nice to get an id on the pointy purple flower because it is so unusual. Does it have a fragrance?
I use alkanet in my herbal products for color...I use it the most often in lavender soaps and also rose salves. The color is different when mixed with different things, for me. You make me wonder what it would do in hair!!
 
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You might try it on just a little bit of hair @NatalieW as an experiment. My understanding is that the color comes from the root of the plant, is that correct? I wonder if it would be a permanent or temporary dye?
 

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What a beautiful blue the Alkanet is. I understand it is frequently used as a dye. You could dye your hair with it @zigs , but i don't think it will come out that lovely shade of blue, more likely it will be a reddish color. Have you tried using it as a dye? It would be nice to get an id on the pointy purple flower because it is so unusual. Does it have a fragrance?

One of it's other names is Dyer's alkanet, not tried it meself.

Apparently they're Echiums :)
 
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Definitely an Echium but i'm not sure about the species. I'll bet the bees love them:)
 

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Echium pininana by the looks of it, Tree Echium.

Not many bees around so far this year, saw one in my greenhouse earlier.

2 Flowers :)

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You might try it on just a little bit of hair @NatalieW as an experiment. My understanding is that the color comes from the root of the plant, is that correct? I wonder if it would be a permanent or temporary dye?


yes, from the root ... I would imagine temporary, but possibly long lasting. ... It would be interesting to see ... my hair is blonde, so it would stain it really good... not sure if it would be bad for it or not though... it can feel a little bit drying on its own. Maybe I'll do a lock out of curiosity. I have used henna plenty of times and that takes about 4 hours on your hair... I don't know if this would be the same.
 
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@NatalieW well, it would be a bold experiment. Maybe you can just do some tips for a nice punk look. I tried henna a few times my self in the past and as i recall, it was most stubbornly permanent and seemed to take forever to grow out. Keep us posted if you decide to give it a try.
 
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