Remember, I have a small one reserved for you Jill. Aren't you excited??
This is one of the "kids" of a mother plant I had that nearly bit the bullet with the BF. The mother plant is doing so much better. They love the ground, full sun, water (!!) but mine are all in pots. I water daily. I used to have many of them...they went to live with friends all over the valley and some just didn't recover from the BF.
My mother plant came from our buddy Jim who works at Bakers. It was a teeny little plant...many years ago. He knows more about them...but I love them as much as he does.
They drop seeds big time (I think in the fall but not sure) and I get dozens of volunteers...will share them at the Spring Swap.
I was so glad when Jim shared these with me. They now have taken over my rose beds in the hottest summer months, and kind of put color where the roses are when they stop blooming. Now they have moved into the back yard, and multiplied like rabbits. I really love them. They provide color when so many things stop providing a splash. I'm also enjoying the --- what was it called, Mexican Morning Glory (with the pink flowers). I ordered one after seeing someone else post one, and it has just be loaded with blooms within the last few days. I do wish they lasted longer into the day. They are generally all wilting by noonish, 1:00 PM. Those ants sure do like them too, not sure what that is all about.
Fall is just around the corner. My favorite time of year...can't wait. The roses start blooming like crazy again, and we can start planting some colorful annuals to last through the fall, winter, and spring.
Absolutely! If you want them right now, let's just set up a time for you to come over and we'll dig some up. I can try and bring some to the fall swap, but mine all die off in the winter. So I'm thinking even if I dug them up, they wouldn't survive, in that case I'll bring you seeds, they are real easy to start from seed, just throw them where you want them, and they will come. It's probably best if it gets water at least once a week. My gut feeling tells me we are going to have good winter rains this year though, so you probably won't even have to water the seeds. Just throw them where you want them and let nature take it's course. I started mine with one pack of seeds from Jim, now I could feel 100 bags with seeds if I harvested them...laugh!
The seeds are the yellowish green things on the top of the flower. Just cut or pull them off, put them in a pan in a think layer, and let them dry out in the sun, bag em or plant them. I'll try to remember and get some pictures this weekend.
One of my normally very pretty AZ P's started getting yellow leaves
...I dmailed the AZ P guru, Jim, and he said they don't love afternoon sun. Interesting because mine DID NOT get it at all in the summer but since the sun has moved that one was getting it. I moved it to a shadier area so hope to see some recovery. You can cut these all the way back through and they come back even more beautiful. All my others are doing great as they were not in the suns rays in the afternoon.
Here is an example of my favorite one (huge leaves!) one that gets no winter sun at all...and only a little the rest of the year. It's on a patio facing north, sharing it's home with a pink bower vine.
Someone asked, "how much garden space does it take?" The whole garden if you will let it!!!! It spreads like wildflower. I only threw seeds out in the front yard, but now the back yard is over grown with it to. Once you have it, you have it for life! As long as their is a regular watering routine, i.e. Drip and/or Sprinkler system, it will flourish there.