Flashback Friday


This week I’m looking back at my post on Four O’Clocks.  I was very excited by the easy to grow plant and all the seeds it produced. But, the excitement ended soon.  It reseeded prolifically and a mature plant is impossible to pull out due to its tuber.   The Four O’Clocks have woven their way between plants and only revealed themselves when they started to  bloom.  Now it is hard to pull up the beautiful blooming plants that are attracting night pollinators and smell so wonderfully, so I will just wait until they have finished blooming.

A word to the wise.  If you live in a warm climate where the plants will not freeze to death, plant them only where they can be controlled!

Check out Four O’Clocks, if you dare.


Four O’Clocks?


I think not!


Six O’Clocks is more like it.  These plants are on their own schedule.  None the less, they provide color in the garden late in the day when many of the other residents are closing down for the night.


Four O’Clock flowers (Mirabilis jalapa) are about the size of a quarter and multiple ones open every evening all over the plant.  They have a very pleasant scent that will continue if plucked off and brought inside.  Four O’Clocks are great passalong plants and easily reseed.  In the South they grow a tuber and are heat and drought tolerant perennials. The Aztecs grew them in Mexico and the flowers made their way to Europe in the 1500’s.