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Friday, January 30, 2009

I love you, Mr. Double Otto!

Have you ever got frozen after clicking a flower picture to enlarge it? It looked good, very good right after you downloaded it from your camera. But when you clicked it and it jumped on you from a computer screen? This is what happened to me when I saw the image of these fuchsia flowers. I saw the petals as I never saw them before and then, droplets - tiny and not very tiny - resting on the petals. I was startled, paused for a few seconds and then started to cry (well, almost). Isn't it a BEAUTY itself? Thanks God for creating such a wonderous sight. Thanks humans for inventing devices to catch a wonderful moment and keep it so that we could enjoy it again and again.

This picture was taken in late November. It was misty that day, not rainy, just misty.

Fuchsia Double Otto.

I have two plants, both of which grow in containers and bloom til frost. Very good information about growing hardy Fuchsia can be found on the Northwest Fuchsia Society Website:

Rules are different for plants in containers and plants in the ground. Those in containers need shade, more water and more food.

Another picture of this plant is here: My Best Bloom of 2008


  1. That is a gorgeous photo!! I just found your blog. I had silene in one of my other gardens. It's a great little plant. I'm glad you were able to figure out what it was (with a little help from friends).

  2. Wonderful photo! Sometimes you don't appreciate what you see IRL, not until you have it on photo and can see all details...

  3. Jamie and RandyJanuary 30, 2009

    Don't you just love it when you capture that perfect photo? Good Job!

  4. Pat LeuchtmanJanuary 30, 2009

    This is a beautiful photo. Welcome to the blogosphere - and thanks for stopping by to visit me.

  5. Beautiful! I love the water drops you captured! One of my favorites.

  6. I looked at your gorgeous photographs and thought, hmmm, this looks very Pacific Northwest. Sure enough. I garden in western Oregon with the mist and clouds and fog but I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

    Double Otto is a beauty for sure. Have you tried 'Checkerboard'? and 'June Bride' and...? I love fuchsias, can you tell?

  7. It looks beautiful when water droplets decorate the flowers like little jewels on the petals. Otto is a very pretty fuchsia.

  8. A lovely photograph and a lovely fuchsia - they are amazing upclose, and when you see them on mass its sometimes easy to overlook the structure of individual flowers. One of the public gardens in Melbourne has a summer display of fuchsias and hydrangeas which is eye-popping!

  9. Yes, I love it when something just captures my attention & I realize the beauty of life and all of it's creations! I try to remember that and you've just reminded me again to be thankful for everything. I love the water droplets on the tips of the flower:)

  10. Thank you all. I'm glad you like my Mr.Otto!

  11. Its so nice come visit all your fuchsias again Tanya.


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