They Threw Down the Gauntlet

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Bartram’s Garden, that is.  Several years ago during a visit to the garden of colonial naturalist John Bartram,  I purchased Evening Primrose  (Oenothera grandiflora) seeds with a challenge printed on the packet.  It said that if you are able to germinate them, a free packet would be sent. (Of course, if they germinate, you wouldn’t need a new packet!)  The plant and seeds were originally collected by John’s son, William Bartram in Alabama.

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The first attempt yielded a couple of plants that grew for awhile and then rested for the summer.  In the fall they shot up long stems and bloomed.  I carefully collected some seeds to put into pots to later transplant to beds and allowed some seeds to to drop and plant themselves naturally.

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Well, by the third year I was rewarded with too many plants!  There was enough to transplant to two other beds as well as to share with fellow gardeners.  The photos don’t really show all the blooms. The Evening Primrose has done fantastically in the Automatic Garden and certainly germinates well on the Gulf Coast.

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2 Comments on “They Threw Down the Gauntlet”

  1. mattb325 says:

    Well done on getting the seeds to germinate. The plant looks wonderful!

  2. It’s interesting the way some plants take their (good ol’) time getting going. Mother Nature does it her way! 🙂


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