FOTD – March 3 – White Plumbago

I have a love/hate relationship with these amazing plants. On the one hand they produce masses of bunches of these gorgeous little white (and others are powder blue) flowers for much of the year – on the other, they are constantly making take-over bids and assaults on the rest of my garden which then needs protection in the form of severe cut backs with a power hedge clipper, digging up of underground shoots with a spade and/or axe and regular trimming with hand shears. Give ’em an inch and they’ll literally take your yard!

They are also amazing for another reason: I NEVER water the darn things! No fertilizer either. This summer they have received less than an inch of rain in the last 5 months and yet the bush in the middle photo was cut back to a pile of bare stalks about a metre (39 inches) high by a metre in diameter late last winter. It’s now over 2 metres in all directions and is overshadowing the little Apple tree i’ve grown from a seed which is now 2 years old.

Another amazing feature of the flowers, which have long and very thin trumpet like tubes that open to form the flower petals, is that once the flower dies it then leaves a stalk that is part velcro and part glue stick and will break off and cling to any woven cloth or fabric you happen to be wearing at the time! Woe betide you if you brush past the bush wearing a woolen jumper!! One more to the ‘hate’ pile. 😉

(Click on pic to open in a new window and click again to see enlarged detail!) 🙂lovewillbringustogether -White Plumbago1

lovewillbringustogether -White Plumbago3That’s a 1.8m (6ft) fence behind the bush which was cut to half fence height in August 2018.

lovewillbringustogether -White Plumbago2They are quite pretty though. 😉

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link to:

Cee’s Flower of the Day – March 3, 2019 – Dahlia

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