Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Isn't this pretty....but WHAT is it??

In June, my neighbor that lives in the house behind me brought over a small little plant and said "this is for you..don't have a clue what it is, just some kind of a vine with little pink flowers." Well, not being one to pass up any kind of flower I gladly accepted it and planted it right away in a small pot. I thought if it was truly a vine, it might be happy climbing up the post of our new pergola. And it does seem pretty content to climb, and climb, and wind...but no blooms!



Isn't it pretty though. Lots of feathery foliage. I have it climbing with some morning glories that I planted in a pot after we returned from Colorado. They make very good companions!

The morning glories are not blooming yet of course--it's too soon, but hopefully I'll have some blooms in fall.

All the gardening around this new pergola/patio area is trial and error. I knew that going in...some things will live, some will not. But isn't that part of the fun of gardening? I hate, hate, HATE to lose plants, but oh the joy I have when something really works! I knew I would get sun, but I didn't know exactly when and for how long. I had to guess on most of the things I planted, and I am finding out some things, like the hostas, just will not work!

This cute little feathery delight is certainly one thing that is really working. Being in a pot, I do have to keep it watered quite a bit. I don't see any signs of little pink flowers, but maybe I need to feed it. Blooms would be nice, but with pretty foliage like this, I'm not overly concerned about flowers.


I know I am going to feel really dumb when I find out..but can somebody please tell me what I am enjoying so much!

What is this??

12 comments:

Perennial Gardener said...

That looks like Cypress vine to me Linda. It's an annual vine. You should be able to look it up via the internet. :)

JenningsJunk said...

You knew I'm plant challenged and wouldn't begin to have a clue, but I do agree -- the feathery leaves are really cool. I'll be watching the comments to see if it gets identified.

cindee said...

I don't know what it is but it is pretty. I am not going to guess but I can't wait to find out(-:

Susie said...

I agree with p.g. It's a cypress vine. We sold them at the nursery. They didn't have pink blooms but little red ones. Hummingbirds love it. It is an annual but here in MS it seems to come back. It is a prolific grower.

Eve said...

It grows wild around the edges of our property. I love it. It does have red flowers though. I've never seen pink.

Meadowview Thymes said...

JJ and Cindee--now we know! It's a Cypress vine! I don't feel so dumb after all--I have never heard of it. PG--I did look it up on the Internet, and found "use the cypress vine to cover a trellis in a hurry." The pictures almost looked like the post of my pergola--I was excited! Susie, the article I read mentioned it was an excellent source for hummingbirds and butterflies. YEA!! And Eve, it also said they grow well in coastal areas--and that would be you, right?
Thank you everyone for all your help. The article said the vine will bloom better if you keep it watered, so I am watering away watching for that first bloom!

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Very pretty and delicate looking.~~Deeq

Meadowview Thymes said...

Dee, it does have a delicate look, but seems very hardy. I'm anxious to see what the flowers look like.

Northern Shade said...

The feather foliage of the cypress vine looks good with leaves of the morning glory. They will look charming as they twine around your pergola. Vines make the structure look settled in the garden.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Hi Northern Shade! I was hoping the vines would twine together and look good. They will be different color flowers and the texture (I think) of each vine compliments the other. I need to start these earlier in the year though...just didn't think of it this year. I need something to soften the pergola--but not take over!

Pam/Digging said...

Cypress vine blooms red with pretty, star-shaped flowers. But check out Sharing Nature's Garden for a tale of woe regarding this plant. It wants to take over.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Thanks Pam...I am heading that way (to Share Natures Garden.) Mine vine is planted in a pot, so hopefully it will be easily contained.