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Petunia

In order to get the most out of today’s post, please take a moment to read this one from 2012.  I’ll wait……..

Is That You, Petunia?

The year after that post, in May, 2013, I shared this picture of Petunia.

But something tragic must have happened to her during the following winter. Because in the spring of 2014,  she didn’t return….nor for the next couple of years. I was sad about losing her and thought she was gone forever.

Last week, I was out puttering around in the flowerbed, pulling weeds and checking on the few perennials I have (dianthus, vinca, Sweet Williams, salvia). Then, just a few feet from where Petunia used to live and grow and be beautiful, something caught my eye.  It sure looked like petunia foliage.  Could it be?

The following day:

There she was. She looks paler than before, but only because this picture was taken with my cell phone, whereas the earlier ones were taken with a camera.

But, after all this time and in a different location, Petunia has returned.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

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Is That You, Petunia?

Okay, readers. If you’re a gardening pro, know a gardening pro or follow a gardening blog, please pass this along in order to help me determine exactly what this plant is.

Late in the summer of 2008, Motor Man and I were in Cambridge, Maryland for a boat race. We stopped at a little convenience store, which had a few leftover scraggly-looking plants for sale at reduced prices. Being the sucker amateur gardener that I am, I purchased one wimpy plant and probably paid $1, maybe $2, for it. I think my purchase was based solely on my sympathy for this pitiful little plant, which looked like a petunia.

But I was hopeful, and came home and plopped it in the ground. It did well the remainder of the season, and to my surprise, returned the following spring. This picture was taken in September of 2009, when my friend’s daughter was married in our yard. See that pink “petunia” just to the right of the bride?

The next spring, there was the little petunia again. This picture was taken in August of 2010. What’s extra nice about Petunia is that the deer and rabbits pay her no attention.

This was Petunia in April of 2011.

I realized a few weeks ago, that, because of our mild winter this year, Petunia stayed green the entire winter. By looking at these pictures taken last week, it appears that, not only did she stay green, but she grew quite a bit as well.  As you can see, Petunia is now well over five feet in width.

At her highest point, she’s almost 18 inches tall.

I’ve taken pictures to my local garden center and talked with the experts there. Petunia has them stumped. They aren’t familiar with a perennial petunia, which is what this appears to be.

If you find out, please let me know. I’d like about a dozen more, preferably at $1 each.