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Dallas, I ran across this article which confirms much of what you told us about Mexican petunia. At first I thought I might like it, but not if it so easily seeds. It grown in zone 5, if Dave's garden is correct, although he was describing Ruellia humilis, not Mexican petunia (Ruellia brittoniana), which is on Category I list for the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (EPPC).
Dallas- Is that your Mexican petunia growing so nicely? I planted some a few years ago, and it isn't doing too well. It looks healthy and flowers, but just never spread. I'm guessing it doesn't get enough sun where it is.
The black bamboo is gorgeous. They sell it at our local botanical garden (they have a bamboo sale every year). I'll have to check it out and make sure it's a clumping variety.
I'm really enjoying all of your photos.
PlantFiles: Wild Petunia, Ruellia humilis
Daven's Garden has a helpful "Pro" and "Con" section for each plant.
I would love to read about those topics you mention Sentient about the chickens (wasn't I a member? ....I think I remember that group) and homesteading too.
Pretty flower Dallas .. I have a field guide to plants that I could look that up. I just need to locate it. In my plant class we would key out the plants to determine the name. That was a task!
I knew I didn't find an exact match - but I was hoping that the ruellia I posted would get you on the right track. And yep - the humilis looks like it.
Have a look at this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ruellia_makoyana_2.jpg
I've started looking for it in Flora - this may take awhile.
It's neither vinca or 4 o'clock
Dallas Gaytheist- are they a type of four o'clock flowers? I know there are several varieties.
Sentinet, your fig tree story reminds me of my experience with a Pomegranate tree. When I purchased my first house in the California Bay Area, there was one in the back yard. After a while, the bark of one branch started sloughing-off, so I cut that branch off before it spread to the rest of the tree.
I stripped it and used it in another part of the garden as a fence stake. It quickly sprouted new leaves and grew so much fruit that I thought they would rip the new branches off.
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