Friday, July 25, 2014

Flecked with Gold

I have tried growing four o'clocks (Mirabilis jalapa) a number of times over the years and never had any success with them. Consequently I would always jealously admire them when I encountered them growing elsewhere with wild abandon, often in less-than-hospitable locations like tree pits on busy urban side walks - and I have seen them growing in such spots in places as different as the Boston North End, southern Portugal, and Singapore! Well, this year I tried again and finally had more luck:

A beautifully multicolored four o'clock (Mirabilis jalapa)

One plant has been producing beautiful golden yellow flowers wildly flecked with rich raspberry pink, a color combination and pattern that makes me think of a sumptuous brocade or very fancy Japanese paper. A second plant appears to be gearing up to produce deep pink flowers. The only draw-back is that, contrary to their common name, the flowers currently do not open until 7:30 pm or so when dusk is near and close by 8:00 am. Still, they are definitely worth it.


  1. Very pretty! Hope you have time in the evening to enjoy them! What was the secret of your success this time?

    1. Not really sure... Just a better spot maybe?


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