Unexpected Blooms


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.


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.


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.

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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