Get on the Echium Bandwagon!
So it seems like at some point this spring everyone (1,2) who I read (and lives in the west coast) has blogged about their Echium plants being all showy and hardy and giant and wonderful and blah blah blah….I don’t sound jealous do I? Oops. Well, not to be out done, let me show you my Echium amoenum ‘Red Feathers’!
It survived a rather harsh winter completely unscathed! I planted it last spring fully expecting it to not overwinter due to Echium’s pesky tendency to be monocarpic. Sure, it’s only about 1.25 feet tall but it’s an Echium AND it survived the Chicago winter unscathed planted in wet clay so dense that I can mold it into figurines if I had any artistic talent. Ok, I know it’s not really all that exciting of a plant but when you live in somewhere so tundra-y you take what you can get, right?
In other, marginally more exciting news I’m sure you all remember my Epiphyllum. Well, I have now found SIX more buds on it. Which hopefully means I’ll be getting six more blooms off of it. I’m only marginally hopeful because they’re probably going to try and bloom just as we’re trying to move (more on that in mid June) and I seem to recall epi’s having a love of aborting buds at the slightest provocation. Stay tuned!