Softer Hues

Some of the old fashioned heirloom flowering plants have muted colors.  The first plant shown reminds me of my grandmother for some reason that I can’t really explain.

frenchhollyhock7This spring a friend gave me two French Hollyhocks (Malva sylvestris ‘Zebrina’) or Mallows.  This smaller version of Hollyhocks was new to me.

The flowers are clustered close together and just whisper, “Look how sweet we are.”

frenchhollyhock6One positive is that it doesn’t grow as tall as other hollyhocks, so it doesn’t lean and fall over.  Also, it is relatively disease free.

frenchhollyhock5The negative reviews say that it is invasive.  Honestly, if it grows well here, it tends to be invasive.  So, just pick your poison.

Mine are in full sun and are surviving, so far.  Of course, the grasshoppers are taking out chunks of the leaves.

plumbagoThe plant in the photo above was bought with a group of small plants at the spring Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center plant sale.  I thought it was a phlox, but I can’t find written proof that I bought a phlox.

Or is it a Plumbago?

plumbago3The delicate cluster of flowers grow on the tips of the long branches.

plumbago4Sure curious about what plant this is..

iceplant2Years ago I bought a tiny Ice Plant.  There are many varieties of this succulent with slightly differently leaf shapes and bloom structures.  Most nurseries just call them Hardy Ice Plant.

iceplantJust break off a branch and stick it into soil, and voila, a new plant.  They will freeze if the temperatures stay below 30 degrees for a few days.  So I always keep some growing inside during winter, so they can be put outside in spring.

iceplant3Ice Plant will be a good performer with regular watering and filtered light.

“Will you love me in December as you do in May,
Will you love me in the good old fashioned way?
When my hair has all turned gray,
Will you kiss me then and say,
That you love me in December as you do in May?”
James Walker

2 thoughts on “Softer Hues

  1. One day while visiting the neighborhood nursery I found a little green twig of something on the ground. I was curious and ask the attendant what it was . He told me it was an Ice Plant. I brought it home and stuck it in a pot of dirt. The rest is history. Since then it has been my favorite thing to grow and every year I am surrounded by that Ice Plant. I have given cuttings to a lot of people too . I always have several in the summer because you know they love the sun . I am complimented everyday on my beautiful Ice Plants. I’m so happy I found this lovely plant.

    • Don’t you love those easy plants that perform so well. They make a gardening more rewarding. Thanks for sharing.

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