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Bluebeard – Caryopteris x clandonesis

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This plant was a real surprise to find in the flower bed.  A few years ago, I planted a caryopteris and it never really did anything.  Earlier this year, I found the plastic tag that comes when you buy a small plant, but found no plant to go with it.  Now I see this strange, but pretty flower and I didn’t know where it came from.

I want to give credit to Jane Lee, who read my blog and offered her assistance finding the name of plants I could not.  Jane is a professional landscaper and has her own blog   Jane, I hope you don’t mind my naming you as my reference.

As I learn more about this plant, I get to look forward to watching it grow and prosper.  It can get a big larger, so I will need to make sure it has plenty of room.


Dipladenia Rio

Dipladenia Rio ??????????

My husband brought this home one day, because he thought it had pretty flowers.  When I read the tag, I saw that it is not considered a perennial here and would probably not make it through the winter.  I don’t like to bother planting plants that are known to have a slim to none chance of surviving winter, but I happened to find a place on an irrigation line that it could settle in for at least the summer. 

Such attractive flowers, and it has been blooming for about a month with no sign of slowing down – that is until it gets too cold. 

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Sweet Pea in Mini-Vase


I just love sweet peas.  So much that I planted an entire package of everlasting sweet peas.  Did that turn out to be a mistake!

The flowers were beautiful as they grew along a fence.  Deer kept them pruned on the outside of the wire fence, but there were still plenty of flowers to go around.  I picked handfuls to put in vases indoors, and there were still lots more flowers.  Which of course, meant lots of sweet pea seeds.  I collected seeds to strew along other wire fences, the flowers made even a wire fence look pretty.  It took another spring before we saw sweet peas coming up everywhere.  Not just along a fence line, but everyplace the ground had been stirred.  Between the birds and the wind, the sweet peas were on the verge of taking over everything. 

Then I remembered where I had seen sweet peas growing wild along roadsides.  They looked very pretty there, also.  But nothing else grew in the masses of sweet pea vines.  Very reluctantly, I took a shovel to the now unwanted plants.  It has taken a couple more years and I still find interlopers that need to be dug up.  The flower pictured was a surprise, and the plant was immediately put an end to.

I still love seeing sweet peas in the wild.  They were planted by someone, or the birds dropped a seed – all it takes is one seed in a favorable environment to start a colony of these flowers.  But I keep them out of my garden.