“I love Jewelweed. The perfect Fall color. It does have a fascinating way of propagating itself. Impatiens also do the same, quickly popping back and spitting the seeds everywhere.
Some plants are just so interesting and fun to grow and watch. Teaching children the different ways of plants can get them interested in nature at an early age.
One of my first learning experiences about plants was my Grandmothers patch of “four o’clocks”! As a little girl I would watch the clock in the late afternoon hoping to catch them when they opened around four o’clock. I thought that was the most amazing thing I ever heard of. I also enjoyed her Sweet Williams, the old timey ones. I thought why does she love these, they don’t smell sweet to me only spicy and how did they get their name Sweet William??
Then later in my elementary/junior high school years and many flowers later, my Mother acquired a Night Blooming Cereus. It grew and grew then one summer night after a few years, a bud formed on the plant. I stayed up as late as I could but missed the bloom. Only the closed blossom remained the next morning. I vowed never to miss it again, and I didn’t. One year it had so many buds and we timed the blooming to the exact night and the whole neighborhood sat around under a willow to wait for the intoxicating blooms to open. I will never forget when all those blooms started opening among all the conversations going on and the many cups of coffee and laughter.
By this time I was a “swear to my soul” when I grow up and have a place of my own I will grow flowers and plants especially unusual ones. One year lately, my son wondered why I made such a fuss over a little orange trout lily on a spindly stem. When he was over again in a day or so I showed him a closed blossom. See the way it just twists up, just like it has bloomed and wrung itself out like a dishrag. I told him I thought that was the most amazing thing, for it seems on the Trout Lily it is more pronounced than other flower blooms…”Hearts a’bustin” is another unusual plant that shows off when it decides to share it’s seeds with the earth in the Fall. They are eye catchers and the birds just love ours on the driveway woodland edges.”
—B. Ruth – September 2015