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Torenia aka Wishbone Flower

 When I first met this little flower, I was introduced to it as the “wishbone” Flower.
Torenia fournieri ~ If you look closely, you will see a ‘wishbone’ just above the yellow. It’s also been dubbed ‘Clown Flower’. If you look at it for a bit, you’ll see a silly smiling face!
I wasn’t very impressed. They were featured in hanging baskets in the normal Peat mixture, which if you didn’t water it daily, dried out quickly resulting in burned and crispy plants.
I did my best to keep them watered and presentable but like me, most of the customers passed them by. 
Last year, I was looking for an annual to 
put in my deck rail basket that would tolerate shade most of the day.
I looked at my options but didn’t really want to do Impatiens again. 
I remembered that the Torenia liked shade and decided to give it a try. 
 
I put three little white flowered plants in the basket along with my special mix of potting soil and kept it well watered all summer. Once it got established, it grew like crazy.
Well, I was very happy with it. 
 
This year I bought eight plants of the purple and planted the basket right away.
It filled in quickly and the heat hasn’t fazed it one bit. 
It’s defiantly my new favorite!
Unopened flower buds
 and it blooms nonstop until frost.
 Here’s some features~
 
Light:Part Sun,Shade
Soil: Average to Moist
Plant Type:Annual
Plant Height:8 to 12 inches tall, depending on type
Plant Width:6-9 inches wide, depending on type
Landscape Uses:Containers,Beds & Borders
 
Special Features:Flowers,   ~ Deer Resistant! ~
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Ready to Bloom!

May is almost over and the weather can’t make up it’s mind if it wants to be hot or cold!
Today is cold and rainy, but regardless, everything in the garden continues to progress.
( I couldn’t wait until the blooms were fully open, so here’s a preview~
sometimes the buds themselves are just as interesting as the flowers!)
I just love this little shrub’s dainty flowers~

Purple Ninebark,  Physocarpus opulifolius Diablo

ready to pop!

leaf detail
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I really do like the purple leaved plants!  Here, my penstemon, Husker’s Red, is getting ready.

Fuzzy!
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Okay, I cannot remember the name of this hosta and of course I lost the label! Sissy, help me out here! It was one of D&J’s last year or the year before!

The first bloom to pop open on my William Baffin- Canadian series shrub rose, ordered from Jung’s seeds catalouge about eight years ago.  It’s a loose climber about 8 feet tall and closer to a wild rose.  A bit of advice for anyone planting one~ while pretty, it can be a monster and needs plenty of room!

Here’s a clematis that I forgot the name of as well! I also forgot to cut this and all of my other clematis’ back this year- so there is a lot of dead brown vines tangled in with the new- but it’s really full this year and bloomed earlier as a result.
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Signs of spring in Lil’s garden

 
 
 
Just when I feel that winter will never end….
The miracle of spring returns,
reminding me of how foolish I was for not having faith…
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 Evening light on my little Persian lilac~  
one of many mailorder plants in my garden
 Flowers and leaves getting ready to “pop”
on my 12′ tall Northstar Cherry tree~
one of many rescues in my garden
(the tag promised only 8′ tall when I bought it ten years ago!
Must have been all the love I gave it!)
 A volunteer columbine growing in the cracks of my walkway. 
It’s from my black “Magpie” columbine~ another mail order plant. 
Here’s what it looks like “all grown up”
I try to save the seed every fall.
 Beginnings of a new branch on my Japanese tree lilac~ mailorder.
By the end of summer, this will have grown a foot long. 
In June it will be covered in huge white panicals of  “privet” smelling flowers.
It’s an odd smell and not the sweet lilac scent you would think~ but it is a pretty and durable little tree.
One of my favorite daffodils. This one has a sweet smell to it. 

Another view of my Persian lilac.
the two trees behind it were also mailorder~ a reoccurring theme in my garden it seems….
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