Strawberry pots can sometimes be hard to fill, but the Automatic Garden had a solution. Wishbone Flowers (Torenia fournieri) had germinated all over from last year’s plants. I transplanted all the free plants into the strawberry pot and was rewarded with a beautiful display. Best of all, my patio cracks will be full of plants for next year.
The black pot had been sitting in a bed in the front yard for several years. Its purpose was to hold the Golden Dewdrop Duranta (the tallest plant). Over time some, volunteers decided the large pot would be a great place to grow. White Penta and Abelmoschus Moschatus seeds dropped in. Even the Passion Flower is attracted to the pot. Luckily for them, I love volunteers and the plants have a happy place to grow.
Another volunteer that I am thrilled with is the Wishbone Flower (Torenia fournieri). Its tiny seed is able to lie low all winter and germinate when the temperature rises. Its nickname is Summer Pansy, as it is too hot to have real pansies here in the summer.
Shortly after photographing the pot full of volunteers, I came across another Abelmoschus volunteer growing in the cobble rocks. It was quickly moved to a bed. Volunteers are a great way to keep the garden full.
Swamp Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius). This bright bloomer started right at the beginning of fall to the delight of the bees. As its name implies, it likes a moist area. It grows up to 6 feet tall and is a prolific reseeder.
This Pam’s Pink Turks Cap desperately needed a trimming, but thankfully it was too hot to do the job and now it is loaded with flowers and buds.
White Rain Lilies (Zephyranthes candida) pop up every year around this time and each year there are more of them. They are in the amaryllis family and can be separated and moved to new beds or shared with gardening friends. Wild ones grow around this area and they have a scent.
This Blue Salvia, the name has been lost, is always a reliable bloomer just when the butterflies and hummingbirds stop by on their journeys south.
This Red Salvia is just super, blooming in the spring and fall. It takes a break during summer.
Coleus Flowers are not very exciting, but the bees sure do like them. All of the Coleus were started by cuttings. It is just about time to start some for the winter. They do well in a sunny window and can be returned to the outdoors when the weather warms up.
Torenias (Torenia fournieri) has many names. Wishbone because of its stamens form a wishbone shape. It is also called Clown Flower, Summer pansy (we grow pansies in the winter here) and Bluewing. What ever you call it, it is a great little plant that takes partial shade and reseeds in the Automatic Garden.