Dedicated to the Colors of the Monkeyflower
I have mentioned before in this blog my talented niece, Katura Reynolds, who is a scientific illustrator. She recently designed a poster for a festival at the arboretum where she works. This poster featured a Monkeyflower and in her own blog she showed how she used layers in Photoshop to create her layout. Her sketch-blog even has a slide show, so check it out here.
Our garden library of personal monkeyflowers increased this year because of visits to Annie’s Annuals and the Yerba Buena Nursery. All except one have opened their blossoms, so today’s post will share the beauty and variety of the monkey flower (Mimulus aurantiacus) and then when the last one blooms, it will get its own post. These photos were all taken with an iPhone 4’s native camera and then processed with these apps in the order listed: Iris app (crop and vignette), Perfect Photo app (sharpen), and Photo Wizard app (frame).
From California Native Plants for the Garden by Carol Bornstein, David Fross, and Bart O’Brien: “With their large showy flowers and preference for partial shade, shrubby monkeyflowers are often mistaken for azaleas. They exhibit an astonishing range of flower colors, including pure reds, yellows, oranges, apricots, whites, creams and even pinks and purples….If you are looking for a reason for the common name, monkeyflower, look no further—there isn’t any.”
Mimulus aurantiacus the Monkeyflower
Scarlet (mixed with some Black Sage (Salvia Mellifera)
The scarlet from the side
White (I am not one to really understand botany, but the book lumps them all together under aurantiacus, however, this white one had a tag that labeled it Mimulus bifidus and in the book this is described as azalea-flowered that are the largest flowers of the species.)
Jelly Bean Purple Pink
A plant planted this year
A plant that has been in the garden for three years
When the blossoms on the last plant (“carnivale”) open, I will share pictures. I just can’t seem to get enough of the monkeyflower.