Saturday, June 23, 2007
Wishbone (Torenia fournieri)
This flower is one I never knew existed until spring last year , these strange baby plants started growing in my annual bed. I called my more experienced gardening neighbor over and she immediately said "don't pull them, just let them grow". I am so glad I let them grown.
If you look into the tubular part of the flower you can acutally see a wishbone. This makes this flower one of my childrens favorites. It also reseeds itself freely, literally whereever the wind takes them.. In this case it came straight to my yard from the neighbors down the street. They also root very easily.. With a few plants I ended up with a full bed..
I have never seen them at the local Nursery's in 6 packs or even flats.. Perhaps in a round 4 or 6 inch pot.. This annual is a labor of love.. It takes some propagating. But it blooms all summer and fall for me.. Even hubby likes this flower..