Same time, last year

14 05 2011

On this same day in 2010, my White Spiderwort plants were in full bloom. They appear to be running behind this year, but I expect them to bloom sometime this month. This blog has been a great diary with which to compare what bloomed when in previous years. (P.S. I still don’t know if that was a tick or not!)

Originally posted May 13, 2010

White Spiderwort (Tradescantia x andersononia ‘Alba’). Insect identity unknown (actually, he looks suspiciously like a tick, but it could be a spider or a mite—your guess is as good as mine—this one was red with a black splotch on its back, and quite tiny). Two of them shimmied down the vertical leaf and onto the flower just as I was focusing on the stamens.

Spiderworts are very easy to grow—adapting to many types of soil (but preferring moist and well-drained) and tolerating full sun to full shade (can’t say that about many plants). I bought this plant at the annual Green Spring Gardens plant sale last year—and I plan on being there this Saturday for this year’s event!

(Update: Tomorrow is supposed to be their annual plant sale, but there is a forecast for much rain. Stay tuned!)

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14 05 2011
thepetalpusher

I also grow spiderwort—my mother sent me the purple variety which is a wildflower in Pensacola, florida. When I asked her to send me some, she replied, “Why do you want that old weed?” (Smile)

15 05 2011
cindydyer

Isn’t that wild that she would consider it a weed? I remember when I first visited a friend in Nova Scotia, we were driving around and I saw a huge field of lupines (first time I had seen them growing) and I said, “stop the car, I have to photograph these!” And he said something like, “What for? Those weeds? They’re everywhere!” I can’t even get them to grow in our area!

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