South African Perennial - UK Annual
Well, last year I posted a photo of Thunbergia gregorii, the African Orange clock vine
This was a plant I bought from Jungle Gardens and was kept warm and was then planted out for the summer. In South Africa it is classed as a perennial, but in our climate it can only be grown as an annual. Bearing this in mind I collected loads of seed last Autumn and have stored them in cool dry conditions.
I then thought, ‘what if I could get this plant to survive our winter?’ I wrapped the pot in fleece and covered the top with a bell cloche.
When I took the protection off in May, there was absolutely no sign of life and I went out and bought a clematis to replace it in the pot, then last week I noticed that it had started to grow!! What luck, or it could have been the mild winter we had.
I hope it flowers this year, bring on some sun
- 16 Jun, 2008
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