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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Returning Native



To some this native wildflower is considered nothing more than a garden thug, invasive, and highly successful at self-propagation.
We have it planted alongside the pond border, it's delicate blue flowers offering a cooling backdrop in the midst of summer heat.

It was originally a transplant from the garden of my son-in-law's grandmother, and is always welcomed back to ours each year.
At the first sighting of the flowers, I look towards the heavens, and shout "Granny, your Spiderwort's in bloom !"

16 comments:

Marilyn said...

I love things like this that come back on their own! ♥♫

Sharon said...

That's a pretty little invader!

Custom Comforts said...

That is too cute! I have some of these in my garden too, but I tire of them as soon as they get all floppy and cut them down. This summer I am so far behind on my gardening, I can't even see the flowers for the weeds.
Cindy

Rob said...

Perhaps the people who consider it a thug have it planted in the wrong place. It's certainly worth having around somewhere with such a bright blue flower.

DJan said...

I think it's beautiful, too.

Sandra said...

i love your comment to Granny and her flowers are beautiful. I talk to my mother from the deep end of our pool and say Mom, look, i am over my head in the pool. only she knows how much i suffered fear of water my whole life.

Roxie said...

Spiderwort? For such a lovely flower? It makes me giggle.

Louise said...

Thank you! I have been trying to remember the name of those flowers forever, it seems. The word was just hanging there, at the edge of mind, but I couldn't bring it front and center. They're a beautiful flower.

Patsy said...

I think they are sweet wild plants to have around. When we lived in Texas our woods were full of these.

Doc said...

Even "Thugs" make wonderful memories.

Bernideen said...

This is one of the first plants I remember as a child. I asked my mother the name of it and she told me it was called "Kiss Me At the Gate".
I grew up believing her as I think she had no idea the real name. |It was growing along the side of the road this morning in Colorado too!

AshTreeCottage said...

That sweet flower is welcome to invade my garden!!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Mama-Bug said...

Spiderwort is really a sweet plant. It's one of the first to bloom in early spring here in FL. There's also a very pretty white variety that grows close to the ground; it likes damp, shady areas to grow.

John Gray said...

its where it wants to be

L. D. Burgus said...

I really like them. I have a magenta colored one that I need to move as it is getting crowded out by hostas.

Betty said...

Spiderwort is one of my favorite plants...you can depend on it to be faithful each spring to lift its beautiful blue face to the morning.

Oh, that we were faithful to bloom where we're planted!

Betty @ Country Charm