I have some very common flowers growing around here, too.
Remember how everyone was raving over the Wave Petunias when they first showed up in the garden centers back in the 90’s?
Wonders what we had! Petunias that just kept blooming without deadheading! And they were perfect for planting where they could cascade over a retaining wall or scramble through a flower bed.
They still have those same qualities, so why not plant them?
Does anyone besides me else still plant marigolds? I like this color combination. It reminds me of the Swiss guards’ uniforms at the Vatican. Aren’t their pants striped kind of like these marigolds?
I grew these marigolds from seed. Sow ’em and forget ’em, they are that easy. And I like the smell of them in August. It reminds of gardening when I was little, because we always had some marigolds in the vegetable garden.
Another flower I start from seed is Zinnias.I posted a picture of a zinnia on my July bloom day post and got a couple of comments from some of our British garden blogging friends across the big pond about how they can’t grow Zinnias in some parts of England.
Apparently it doesn’t get warm enough there for Zinnias. That’s too bad because the butterflies love Zinnias and are all over them in August.
But my garden isn’t just about common flowers, either.
There are exotic flowers, too, like my night blooming cereus (Epiphyllum oxypetalum) that bloomed one week ago tonight. And I wasn’t here to see it!
I had to settle for taking a picture of the bud just starting to open at 5:00 PM and a second picture of the fully opened flower when I got home around 10:30 PM.
Apparently, they will not postpone concerts for a big flower blooming event. If I hadn’t watched the bloom open two summers ago and last summer, I would have been a bit bummed to not watch the opening of the bloom last week. But, I did get to see the fully opened bloom and smell it once I got home.
The night bloomer will never be a common flower here, no matter how often it blooms!