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Fri, 08/10/2012 - 14:53 — Sarah Martinez
Ode to old-fashioned
Revisiting old favorites
Over the past two weeks I’ve run into several instances of “What’s old is new again.”
Exhibit 1: During my aforementioned visit to the ‘White House,’ I was introduced to Clerodendrum bungei (pictured). I’d never heard of this plant, and was immediately enamored with it. When I got back in the office, I had to go share my “new” discovery with our resident PlantMaster. My photos and raving description elicited a chuckle from him. Turns out C. bungei falls in the category of “old-fashioned” plant, and it’s actually considered somewhat invasive in Houston.
(Still…it’s not invasive in North Texas. And my new pal Ron White said I could yank some runners out of his garden come Fall. It’s going to beautify this awful spot by my back door. Just watch.)
Exhibit 2: I recently learned that we’re bringing in a special shipment of classic Southern bulbs in the next few weeks: Red Spider Lily and Crinum. (Watch this blog for more details—coming soon!)
I haven’t thought about these plants in ages! I remember them growing in my grandmother’s flower beds. And, of course, they’d be a great addition to my garden.
Moral of this story: I’m having tons of fun rediscovering old favorites. Now it’s time for you to get into the game. What’s your favorite “old fashioned” plant? Comment below, and we’ll wax nostalgic together.