Sunday, April 3, 2011

Only One...

Last fall when I was scattering wildflower seeds, I tossed one (or two-can't remember) packages of Indian Paintbrush. Sadly, only one plant came up. But that one plant has been beautiful and given me lots of happy red flowers! I am not sure why I didn't have more paintbrush--I had several last year. Maybe it was the unusual winter, maybe I didn't water the seeds enough, maybe they just didn't want to grow this year--who knows! I think this one plant knew it was the only one and responsible for providing lots of spring blooms. It stands tall and proud, and doing a perfect job of providing contrasting red color in with the bluebonnets. And the bluebonnets? Just awesome! My how I love spring!

11 comments:

Lola said...

Oh the 1 Indian Paintbrush is to die for. It is magnificent amongst the blue. Just the right pop of color. Maybe next yr. you will have many more. I've found seeds do that sometimes.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Thanks Lola--I think it is quite something too! Hopefully it will re-seed, and I will go ahead and order more seeds for next year.

perennialgardener said...

Wow I love how lush your Bluebonnets are this spring! So jealous, lol ;) Too bad that only one Indian Paintbrush germinated, they look great combined with that deep blue.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Racquel--yeah, I hated that only one paintbrush came up. That red is sooo pretty with the bonnets!

Skeeter said...

You may only have one Paintbrush, but it is a beauty girl! I remember the roadways filled with bluebonnets and paintbrush. Ah, spring in Texas is an awesome sight. Thank you Lady Bird for the ever giving gift of beauty...

tina said...

It is very pretty and one is surely better than none. I bet you have tons more next year. Someone told me I should grow this and actually brought me seeds from Arizona. Sadly none came up here:(

Meadowview Thymes said...

Skeeter--you summed up my feelings exactly! Lady Bird really made a difference creating such beautiful roadways!

Tina--I went to a class on wildflowers and was told Indian Paintbrush are hard to germinate. I think the one I have re-seeded from last year. I don't think any I scattered this year germinated. :( But..I will try again next year!

misterreereeder said...

Ahhhhh.... Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes. They are my favorites. I usually only see them on the roadside. Must be great having them in your own garden!!!

StoBlogger said...

The coral and blue are beautiful together. I don't know that I've seen Indian Paintbrush before, unless there is a red variety. Your gardens are lovely. Take care, Mary Gnome

Meadowview Thymes said...

Thank you Mary! The paintbrush is kind of an orangey red..guess not a Christmasy red. But I agree, it sure is pretty with the bluebonnets! Thanks for your comment! :)

Northern Shade said...

I like the wildflowers around your birdbath. The Indian paintbrush looks great, with its zippy colour in among the bluebonnets. I always admire the paintbrush flowers when I go to the Rockies. I have some pictures of it in the wild, mixed with blue harebell flowers, which give a very similar effect to your planting.

We are still snowed under, so I'm anxiously awaiting the first flowers.