Unexpected Blooms

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I have only seen this Dutchman’s Pipe bloom in the spring, but it decided put on some unexpected flowers at the end of this summer.    The vine wasn’t doing well and I have been giving it some extra attention which definitely worked.

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Torenias are great little plants that grow really well in our hot summers.  Unfortunately, the rabbits also love them.  Somehow this one reseeded in the cobble rock between a sprinkler head and the corner of the garage.  The rabbits don’t seem to travel in this area and the Torenia kept its flowers.

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In this part of the country the Torenia is often called summer pansy.  I guess it is the closest plant to a colorful pansy that will grow in our heat.

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9 Comments on “Unexpected Blooms”

  1. The Dutchman’s Pipes are one of those true gardener plants, too weird for the everyday homeowner but really cool. I think there may be some Torenia volunteers in my garden, you’ve inspired me to leave it.

  2. Tina says:

    Love the Pipes–so odd and so cool. The Torenias are lovely, such a stunning color.

  3. Sheryl says:

    Wow, it’s awesome that the tender loving care worked so well. The Dutchman’s Pipe blooms are beautiful!

  4. Christina says:

    I like the Torenias, does it need a lot of water or is it drought tolerant, you mentioned it was near a sprinkler.


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