The sundrops are finally blooming. They are a native plant in the same family with evening primrose and need lots of sun to open their flowers, and that was in short supply for a while. In autumn their narrow leaves turn orange and fiery red a welcome sight in an area where not much blooms in autumn.
Of all things, the person who installed my new water meter at the house I rented and then here when I first moved in was also a backyard gardener and we traded many plants over several years, these sundrops among them.
The area of my yard where I’d planted them is now mostly in shade and this spring, when I saw them appear, I moved as many as I could find to a new site near the birdbath. Our moody spring stalled everything, and I hoped they’d be able to gather enough energy to bloom this first year, and so they have. Soon I’ll have more to move and give away.. . . . . . .
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