With so many flowers continuing to bloom, this autumn has been like a second spring. As crazy as it sounds, cool weather in autumn is not the norm here. It’s been a special treat this year.
The purchase of two small plants in 4″ pots made about 10 years ago has turned out to be one of my best buys. Bright red of Strawberry Fields Gomphrena (Gomphrena haageana ‘Strawberry Fields’) is always a welcome sight. Since it’s an annual that reseeds freely, large groups of it show up each spring.
A Hardy Hibiscus that was bought about 10 years ago at a garden club plant sale has proved to be a boon. Anything with the word “hardy” (meaning cold hardy for our area) in its name can withstand our dry and hot summer, as well as our sometimes extreme cold periods.
This Oxalis or Shamrock plant has been in this same pot for about eight years. By the end of summer, the leaves are bedraggled, but the flowers look fresh.
This Coral Honeysuckle bush (Lonicera sempervirens L.) is only three years old. It doesn’t look as well as it did in the spring, but there are flowers for the pollinators. Another great performer.
The plant everyone loves to complain about is Mexican Petunia (Ruellia simplex). It’s an aggressive spreader. But if there’s room for it, it is hardy to the extreme and will become an old standby . This grouping started out as one single cutting that I took twenty years ago.
Personally, I love the color of the flowers. They are not shy about blooming. So it has its pluses. Mexican Petunias are native to Mexico and further south.
“Calories are tiny creatures that live in your closet and sew your clothes a little bit tighter every night.” unknown