Still Out: Four O’Clocks!

2 Mar
Four O'Clock

Four O’Clocks

These rank high amongst my favourite early memories of flowers. They grew without attention in my childhood home near the city of Sydney. Fortunately, my parents brought a few tubers with us when we moved away, and so they have stayed with me all my life. These little flowers are commonly known as Four O’Clocks. They are not widely grown. Maybe gardeners are worried that they will spread too far, or perhaps they are unaware of their existence. I have seen reference to them in *one* gardening book (out of many). They come in a variety of colours, often two colours on the one flower (or even plant). Popular or not, I still love them! Copyright ©

8 Responses to “Still Out: Four O’Clocks!”

  1. Linda Visman - wangiwriter March 2, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    Are they an indigenous plant, Margaret or an introduced species? They are pretty. 🙂

    • Margaret Lynette Sharp March 2, 2015 at 10:14 am #

      They’re introduced, Linda. They are very useful plants. The Wikipedia article about them is quite fascinating!

  2. davidprosser March 2, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    They’re bright, fresh and cheerful Margaret. What’s not to love.? Some flowers seem to go in and out of fashion, maybe this is one. I bet you Sydney Botanical Gardens grow them somewhere and have their proper name.
    xxx Ginormous Hugs xxx

  3. Hannah Desailly March 2, 2015 at 10:04 am #

    So beautiful and bright flower!

  4. joshi daniel April 3, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

    so gorgeous and colourful 🙂

  5. agenda19892010 July 9, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

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