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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.

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