Category Archives: 2015 A to Z Challenge

2015 A to Z My Favorite Plants – L – Lilies

To say I am partial to lilies is a supreme understatement. I love every kind. I have some Asiatic ones that I transplanted from my parents yard as well as some day lilies we bought to add to our beds.  These were the best choice as my offering to the weekly floral photography invitational I joined last week. it is called the Floral Friday Fotos.

This is a blackberry lily.

This is a blackberry lily.

The Asiatic I transferred from my home place.

The Asiatic I transferred from my home place.

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One of the many Calla Lilies we have planted with our Dahlias.

One of the many Calla Lilies we have planted with our Dahlias.



2015 A to Z My Favorite Plants – H – Hosta

Eight days into the A to Z and I am getting excited because many of my favorite plants are beginning to show signs of emergence as Spring grips my area. Among this list of favorites is my choice for H, the Hosta.  A Hosta is a predominantly foliage plant, although it will bloom at the appointed time in it’s life cycle.

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The Hosta does best in a shaded area, but at our home shade is a luxury. We have several Hostas, and they don’t fare as well when the temperature climbs into the 80s and 90s during the summer.

2015 A to Z My Favorite Plants – F – Four O’Clock

If you have never heard of the family of plants I will share on day number 6 of the 2015 A to Z challenge, you may think I am pulling your leg. While I enjoy doing that I am not in this particular instance. If you seek some of that you might want to head over to my fiction site, the Fiction Playground, for some fun. But truly there is a group of plants that bloom at a particular time each day.

The first of this group I heard of was the Nine O’Clock plant. it blooms at nine p.m. every day. My aunt had one of these and I found it a fascinating idea. But let’s be honest, except at the height of summer when the day stretches out and the light lasts past nine at night you really won’t get much of a chance to enjoy this plant.

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These plants reward you with such a colorful display that is never the same. Due to the cross breeding within the plant you get a different bloom collection each time they bloom. I have been warned the plants can become invasive, but that has not been my experience. The plants produce seeds as they mature and the seeds can be collected and planted elsewhere for more plants the next season.

Although I do not have photos of them, some friends from my church have a variety that more resembles a shrub in size and this particular one does take up a large amount of space. They have placed this plant in a targeted area so that it is not an issue and i enjoy visiting and taking in the colorful display. I hope you enjoy my choice for Day 6.

2015 A to Z My Favorite Plants – D – Dahlia

Welcome to the fourth day of the 2015 A to Z Challenge. I will admit I have repurposed several previous posts for this particular piece of the challenge. I am currently part of a weekly Foral invitational called the Floral Friday Fotos. Each week flower lovers from around the world share their favorite blooms.

For decades my family, including my grandfather Joe Hoss, my namesake, my dad as well as his brothers, Uncle Charles and Uncle Jim have all grown Dahlias. These stalwarts of our cutting cultivar garden always help to put the wow in any bouquet. These were the best choice I could pull together to share with you today.


A pretty solid assortment of all our cut flowers in 2014.

A pretty solid assortment of all our cut flowers in 2014.

2015 A to Z My Favorite Plants -B -Begonias

Welcome back to day 2 of the 2015 A to Z Challenge. Today will be a favorite flower of mine that starts with the letter B, Begonia. In particular I want to share a type of Begonia that was a star during the five years I owned and operated a greenhouse business. When you decide which plants to offer you must keep in mind all settings and flower types to appeal to as many potential customers as possible.

The type of begonia I am featuring is something called a Non-Stop Begonia. It is a step further than the average begonias that are the traditional bedding plant. The bedding plant variety are heat tolerant and can be exposed to full sun and take a small amount of moisture to strive.

These flowers are so gorgeous and will reward you with beautiful blooms all summer and into the fall if you take proper care of them. Unlike the bedding plants of the family these will not thrive in the sun. They are definitely full shade or early morning sun plants.


2015 A to Z Theme Reveal – My Favorite Plants

Welcome to my 2015 A to Z Theme Reveal for Chasing the Blooms. In 2013 I took part in my initial A to Z challenge and did not put as much thought into how I wanted to approach the challenge. in truth I did not find out about it un til days before, so there wasn’t time to do much other than my 26 posts. I missed last years turn but wanted to give 2015 a really solid try. This year I have redesigned my blogging efforts and have 4 blogs entered into the A to Z.

For this particular one my focus is on the flowers I have around my property or ones I want to add. My challenge will be finding ones that will equate with some of the odd letters. I may have to get really creative to do this.

Some of the flowers I will share will be repeats of posts I have done previously during the year. Some will also come from the Floral Friday Fotos weekly link-up, where I get the opportunity to enjoy favorite flowers from around the world. I find it interesting to see that some of my favorites are also favorites in other parts of the world.

I hope this will make for an exciting and colorful journey as we count the days in April. I appreciate your visit to my theme reveal and invite you to not only return for the 2015 A to Z challenge, but to check out my other theme reveals as well.

Fiction Playground Theme Reveal

 Ballin’ All The Time Theme Reveal

Movies, TV and Streaming, Oh My! Theme Reveal