Because I'm a bit weird, last year I planted a little four-inch pot of Turtle Head. Have I changed my mind? Do I like it now? I guess so. This past April, not remembering where I had planted it, I thought it might have been dead because I couldn't find it anywhere. Eventually I figured out that the little insignificant-leaved plant that had popped up between a vast clump of Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' and a generous spread of 'David' Phlox (P. paniculata) was indeed my little Turtle Head. Gold star for plant placement, I mumbled to myself. The thing almost died from lack of water in July and finally a few weeks ago, pink blossoms appeared! Not very many but enough to tell me it's a survivor.
There are other plants that behave the same way. Sedum spectable, Asters (are we still calling them "Asters"?) and Japanese Anemones come to mind--green until bloom time. I've gotten over it. In fact, I kind of like it. The idea that something fresh and lovely takes its time getting here. Gives me something to look forward to.
|Sedum spectable 'Autumn Joy'|
|Sedum 'Autumn Charm'|
|Aster novi-belgii 'Coombe Margaret' riding on a wisp of Miscanthus.|
|Aster novae-angliae 'Alma Potschke'|
|Aster novi-belgii 'Bahamas'|
|Aster novi-belgii 'Wood's Purple'|
|And its nice that the bees love them.|
|Anemone japonica 'September Charm'|
|Clematis texensis 'Pagoda'|
|Clematis viticella 'Confetti'|
|Alstroemeria x 'Tri-Color' is also re-blooming!|