Wednesday, May 12, 2010

More new additions


Dwarf salvia 'Mystic Spires'
Salvia longispicata X farinacea

We visited Rainbow Gardens today in San Antonio and left with three new additions. I'd been wanting some 'Mystic Spires' salvia, which grows smaller than 'Indigo Spires.' And we also wanted more passionflower vines–preferably the native species (Passiflora incarnata) for Gulf fritillaries–along our chain-link fence in the back yard. But they're hard to find. Native species have three-lobed leaves; introduced or exotics have five-lobed leaves. Sometimes folks at nurseries look at you funny when you ask for botantical names, specifically genus and species. But we like to keep up with those in our Wildscape.

This evening, after James had planted everything and we were touring, he hollered at me to come see something.

"Look, the passionflower's already attached itself to the fence!" he exclaimed. Sure enough, a tendril was wrapped firmly around a wire. James had just planted the vine maybe an hour or so before!

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