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Garden Reports and Rejoicing – October 18

One thing that I love about gardens and gardening is that it almost forces us to stay open. The garden constantly challenges our most opinionated selves, asking questions and making comments such as, “You say you don’t like Angelonia? Really? Well check this out.”

The plant that I may badmouth for awhile is the one that then shines in my garden and proves my dearly held views are just that: an assessment from one tiny perspective and not, perhaps the entire truth. This year, the Angelonia completely and totally surprised me.

Some hate this. Sadly, many humans just want to prove that they are right, dammit. They don’t want their opinions changed. That’s fine, but those folks might want to stay away from the garden.

Here them? Your plants are whispering to you: “Really? You think that this is how the natural world is? You don’t like that plant? Well check this out.”

The Angelonia Serena Blue was sent to me from Ball Hoeadheading. I was also surprised by the Coconut Nemrticultural this year and it has been a flower machine all summer without deadheading. Another surprise has been the Sunsatia Coconut Nemesia...I did some minor deadheading on this plant twice and it too has been white, lovely and flower-filled. This photo was taken today in mid-October!

The large pot on the right has a King Tut Papyrus in the center and an Angelface Blue Angelonia and Snow Princess Allysum from Proven Winners. All still lovely and I am wishing that I'd planted more of the Angelonia instead of the Salvia that stopped flowering.

Angelface Wedgwood Blue Angelonia from Proven Winners proves my opinions about this annual wrong. Was it the cooler temperatures this summer that made this plant do so well? I don't know, but I'll willingly plant it again in the future.

3 Responses to “Check This Out”

  1. 1
    Joyce:

    Appreciate King Tut for its unique properties, but just can’t get past the thought that it doesn’t “go” with New England / Cape cottage gardens…. seems better suited to formal, exotic spaces in my mind. Gotta definitely get some angelonia for sure next year!

  2. 2
    CL Fornari:

    Joyce,
    That’s an interesting take on this plant – of all the tropicals I think it seems most “capeish” because it looks like grass, or even sea life. I guess you know from the hardy banana tree growing in my entry garden that I’m a gardener who believes anything goes!

  3. 3
    Liza and John's Garden:

    HI C.L.: We talk to are plants all the time. Its when you don’t talk to them that they let you know things are not good.
    Believe it or not our plants talk back to us. If we talk nice to the plant it does well. If we don’t talk to the plant or we
    curse at it, the plant either shows how good it can do which is usually over anxious or tells us something is wrong.

    Have a good evening,
    John