I am the first to admit that I do not have a green thumb. When it comes to keeping plants alive my track record is grim. I believe my main deficit when it comes to gardening and tending to plants is that I simply forget to water them. The kids or the dog or the cats or even the fish demand and receive my time and energy. The plants stand quietly in the corner and wilt.
So it is with much surprise that every fall and summer one of my outdoor potted plants bursts forth with beautiful purple flowers. This plant gets the same amount of neglect as the rest of my plants. In fact just this summer one of the boys knocked it over, breaking its pot neatly in two. I was too lazy to get to the store and buy it a new pot so for almost a month the plant lived in half a pot at the side of our yard. In a great stroke of luck, the plant was situated in such a way that it got watered from the boys’ almost daily water gun fights. And what did that plant do, living in half a pot with its soil dry enough to hold together without the aid of a container? It flowered. Yes, that plant placed a purple petal guilt trip on me by flowering at its most darkest of times. I bought it a new pot.
Not only does this plant flower twice a year but the little tag that came with the plant clearly defines it as an annual. Please correct me if I am wrong, for I am always getting annuals and perennials confused in my mind, but aren’t annuals suppose to die after one growing season? I have had this plant for at least four years.
Fall has come and the cooler weather has brought with it some rain. The plant is happily blooming again in its new pot. The purple flowers make me smile every time I walk by it – a little summertime in a flowerpot on my doorstep.