Many years ago mothers in the south gave this advice to their daughters: “Never wear white until Easter and never wear white after Labor Day.” Who makes up these rules?
Anyway, kids today certainly don’t hear things like that. In past times, It wasn’t even necessary to say to dress modestly. That was understood. Oops. I’m talking about one of my pet peeves – parents not teaching their children to dress appropriately for the occasion.
Back to wearing white. This little bush of Almond Verbena (Aloysia virgata) is dressed with white blossoms. It wears a sweet perfume, which the bees and other pollinators are drawn to. Me, too. I love its sweet almond vanilla aroma.
They can grow up to 15 feet tall. I’ve had this one three years, and it has only reached 3 feet. Maybe it’s because it dies in the cold and grows slowly in the spring.
It’s a pity that Almond Verbenas are not stocked in most nurseries. I found this one in Austin.
One day recently as I was weeding, I walked behind the flowerbed that I normally see from my kitchen window. On one Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) bush, all the flowers on the back side were stark white. What in the world? Don’t know why. Maybe a soil deficiency?
Two years ago a friend gave me seeds for Clammy Weed (Polanisia dodecandra ssp. trachysperma). Although I had never heard of it or seen it, Clammy Weed is a native wildflower found in many parts of Texas.
Clammy Weed gets this name because it is slightly sticky to the touch. It is hardy, grows in full sun, and reseeds well.
Mexican Tuberoses (Polianthes tuberosa) are bulb plants that were domesticated by pre-Columbian Indians of Mexico, according to Dr. William C. Welch, horticulturist at Texas A & M. It was one of the first plants taken back to Spain by the conquistadors. It is still a much used garden plant there and in Mexico.
All I know is that they have a strong pleasing scent. Mexican tuberoses flower on a tall stalk, like a daylily. They look nice with another plant behind them to showcase them or with nothing behind them but a solid blue sky. This is a Senna bush behind these two.
Last year, I tried to divide a clump. I wasn’t sure they would survive because a large bulb was covered in smaller bulbs, which I could not pull off. So I cut through the bottom large bulb. This picture shows one that came from a divided bulb. There are also several other survivors, so I was relieved.
This tuberose is in front of an Acanthus. Tuberose bulbs are also not easy to find. I ordered mine from a grower in Michigan that specializes in heirloom bulbs.
White flowers can add a nice, clean look to a garden.
“Those who think it permissible to tell white lies soon grow colorblind.” Unknown