Here in the Mid-Atlantic USA (USDA zone 7) on the DC-MD border, the past month started off very dry, then it got hot – really hot. After a very wet spring and early summer, we seem to have slipped back into our usual mid-late summer drought pattern, where most every storm seems to just skirt the DC metro area. I am watering containers as needed and that includes my “pot ghetto” — that sad gathering on my driveway of not-yet-planted and half-forgotten things.
Among the not-quite-dead hydrangeas and brown-ish boxwood is an intriguing plant scrambling out from among the pots. It has a tiny true-blue flower and pretty variegated foliage. I did some googling and find that it is Variegated Asiatic Dayflower (Commelina communis f. aureostriata). I suspect it came in from a plant swap. This often happens that other things hitch a ride with a plant you are gifted. Hence, the pot ghetto — and a precaution of having a waiting period before adding some of these “gifts” into your landscape. (Once again, procrastination pays off in the garden!)
It is an annual and the non-variegated kind is classified as an invasive weed in our region. It spreads and re-seeds in moist soil. As I have predominantly dry shade, I’m not too worried about it, but will pull it and toss it once I get around to cleaning out that section of the pot ghetto.
Elsewhere in my garden, I have blooming:
– Obedient Plant
– Black-eyed Susan
– Butterfly Bush
– Rose of Sharon (double, sterile)
– Blue Mist Shrub
– Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’
What is blooming in your garden today?
It is the 15th of the month, which means Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day again. To view links to other garden bloggers’ blooms around the world to see what it blooming in their gardens today and to read their collective comments, go to: