Aquilegia vulgaris: Common columbine

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Aquilegia vulgaris [European columbine, Common columbine, Granny’s nightcap, Granny’s bonnet] is a species of columbine native to Europe. It is a flowering herbaceous perennial plant growing to 1.2 m tall, with branched, thinly hairy stems. The leaves are pinnate, with the basal leaflets themselves trifoliate. The flowers, in various shades of purple, blue, pink and white, are pendent or horizontal with hooked spurs.

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This species and various hybrids derived from it are popular garden flowers, available in a variety of single color and bi-colors, in single and double forms.

Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore [20140425]

Source: Wikipedia

Fritillaria imperialis: Crown Imperial

Fritillaria imperialis [Crown imperial or Kaiser’s crown] is a species of flowering plant of the genus Fritillaria, family Liliaceae, native to a wide stretch from Anatolia and Iraq across the plateau of Iran to Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Himalayan foothills. It is also widely cultivated as an ornamental and reportedly naturalized in Austria. The common names and also the epithet “imperialis” refer to the large circle of golden flowers, reminiscent of an emperor’s crown.

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Fritillaria imperialis grows to about 1 m [3 ft] in height, and bears lance-shaped, glossy leaves at intervals along the stem. It bears a prominent whorl of downward facing flowers at the top of the stem, topped by a ‘crown’ of small leaves, hence the name.

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While the wild form is usually orange-red, various colours are found in cultivation, ranging from nearly a true scarlet through oranges to yellow. The pendulous flowers make a bold statement in the late spring garden; in the northern hemisphere.

Due to the way that the bulb is formed, with the stem emerging from a depression, it is best to plant it on its side, to prevent water causing rot at the top of the bulb.

Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore [20140425]

Source: Wikipedia

Asparagus setaceus: Asparagus Fern

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Asparagus setaceus, commonly known as Common Asparagus Fern, Lace Fern, Climbing Asparagus, or Ferny Asparagus, is a vine plant in the genus Asparagus. Despite its common name, the plant is not a true fern, but has leaves that resemble one.

It is native to Southern Africa, and is grown elsewhere as an ornamental plant. It has become an invasive species in several locations where it has been introduced. Its specific name is derived from the Latin saeta “hair” or “bristle”, hence “hairy”. Some authorities use the name Asparagus plumosus [plumosus Latin “plumed”, referring to the foliage].

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Asparagus setaceus is a scrambling perennial herb with tough green stems, which may reach several metres in length. The leaves are actually leaf-like cladodes up to 7 mm long by 0.1 mm in diameter, which arise in clumps of up to 15 from the stem, making a fine, soft green fern-like foliage.

Asparagus setaceus is cultivated as an ornamental plant, for planting in garden and containers, and as a house plant. The attractive foliage is also used in floral arrangements.

Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore [20140425]

Source: Wikipedia

Passiflora caerulea: Blue Passion Flower

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Passiflora caerulea [blue passion flower, common passion flower] is a species of flowering plant native to South America [Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil].

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It is a vigorous, deciduous or semi-evergreen tendril vine growing to 10 m [33 ft] or more, with palmate leaves and fragrant, blue-white flowers with a prominent fringe of coronal filaments in bands of blue, white, and brown. The ovoid orange fruit, growing to 6 cm [2 in], is edible but bland.

Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore [20140425]

Source: Wikipedia

Tulipa cv. ‘Esperanto’

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Tulipa cv. ‘Esperanto’

Common names: Viridiflora Tulip, Tulip

Leaves: Spring ephemeral

Flowers: Showy, Fragrant

Flower Time: Spring

Underground structures: Bulb

Esperanto blooms in late spring and is the wildest of the Viridiflora tulips, full of color and unusual shapes. The large ruffled pointed petals start white and green and change to rose and green.

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The foliage is light green edged with white and remains attractive in the garden bed even after the blossom is cut.

Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore [20140422, 20140425]

Source: allthingsplants.com

Tulipa cv. ‘Bright Parrot’

Tulipa cv. ‘Bright Parrot’

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Common names: Parrot Tulip, Tulip

Division: Parrot

Year Registered: 1994

Spring Bloom Season: Mid-late

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Special Classifications: Single-flowered

Plant Height:      16 – 18 inches

Leaves: Spring ephemeral

Flowers: Showy, Fragrant

Flower Color: Bi-Color: Red and yellow

Flower Time: Spring

Underground structures: Bulb

Uses: Cut Flower

Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore [20140422]

Source: allthingsplants.com

Tulipa cv. ‘Queensland’

Tulipa cv. ‘Queensland’

Common names: Double Late Tulip, Fringed Tulip, Tulip

Year Registered: 2006

Spring Bloom Season: Mid-late

Special Classifications: Double-flowered

Plant Height: 12 – 16 inches

Leaves:Spring ephemeral

Flowers: Showy, Fragrant

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Flower Color: Bi-Color: Pink and white

Flower Time: Spring

Underground structures: Bulb

Uses: Cut Flower

Photo: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore [20140422]

Source: allthingsplants.com