The Four O’clocks of my Childhood

25 Jan

Few flowers remind me of my childhood more than these charming and unusual plants.

I guess some consider them to be little better than weeds since they grow so readily and spread so well.

Be that as it may, they are a sweet and colourful reminder of my childhood: where I lived when I was small.

It was near the city, and gardens were not in abundance.

There hardy plants soldiered on, year after year, dying back over winter: to return again every Spring.

They are quite intriguing. They open their petals to show their lovely colours only when the light is not too bright. Hence their name: Four o’clocks.

Four o'clocks

Four o’clocks

I’m sure that there’s another title that purists give them, but to me this fits the bill nicely.

Do they grow where you live?

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5 Responses to “The Four O’clocks of my Childhood”

  1. Odie Langley January 25, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    I have a board at Pinterest with just beautiful flowers and I just added this gorgeous one to my collection. Your blog is a bright spot in my days now.

    • Margaret Lynette Sharp January 25, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

      Thanks, Odie! I’m very glad you liked it. 🙂 They come in other colours, too.

  2. davidprosser January 25, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    What very pretty flowers
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  3. joshi daniel January 26, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    striking colors 🙂

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