Shame on me, I have been a very bad blogger. I don’t think I have ever gone this long without posting. I do apologize. Three kids in school is taking a bigger toll than I thought.
But no worries, I thought today I would talk about my new favorite fall plant, the Black Eyed Susan Vine. Ok, so it is not technically a fall flower, it sure is doing some fine work in my garden at this late stage in the season. I planted it in a pot and put the pot next to my porch railing and it promptly sat there and did diddly squat for a good two months. Fortunately, the clematis worked extra hard (probably out of embarrassment for its lazy ass fence friend) and no one was the wiser. Then, after about two months of letting all the other flower do all the hard work, the Black Eyed Susan Vine developed some pride and made a mad dash up the railing, burst into bloom and has been working hard ever since. I suppose you could say it was a late bloomer. (Ok, bad joke. I promise to stop that for a least the next few lines.)
I thought that with its procrastinating nature, it would probably make a good candidate for next year. I searched the plant but could not find any ripe seed pods. Lot of green ones (and they are not hard to miss. I personally think Mother Nature has a dirty mind. Look at that seed pod and tell me different) but no brown ones. And none the next day, or the next day or ever really. It only took me two weeks to figure out that the seed pods explode when they are ripe. The porch is littered with remnants of seed pods and gnarly brown seeds.
Black Eyed Susan Vines are originally from the tropical regions of Africa. This might explain the lackadaisical start this vine has. Cleveland is not a very hot, humid place in May and June.
The Black Eyed Susan Vines scientific name is Thunbergia. This is named for Carl Peter Thunberg, a Swedish botanist and explorer who made a life’s work out of globe trotting for plants. I wish I had that job. Not much call for a Adventurer/Botanist these days. *sigh*
This was a pretty easy plant to grow and once it gets going, it gets going fast. Perhaps I should take the hint and get my lazy butt posting a bit faster here.