4 O’clock Stroll

“4 O’clock Stroll”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

 

Walking around the garden this evening after work, I was struck by the scent of the 4 O’clocks.  Even though it was very windy from Hurricane Ike which is churning in the Gulf, the sweet smell of these flowers was prevalent.  Now that the evenings are getting a little cooler, they open earlier.  It is the cooler temperatures of the late afternoon that causes the flowers to open, not the time of day.  These old-fashioned flowers add color and fragrance to the late evening and remind me of my grandmother.

 

 

The flowers produce black seeds and readily reseed.  They make a shrubby plant about three feet tall and almost as wide.  With the first frost, the leaves and stems die back, but, here, the tuber survives to re-sprout in the spring.

 

 

Dear hubby mowed the lawn today, and everything looks so nice.  I couldn’t help but think as I strolled around the yard that only a week ago everything was a mess with branches and limbs everywhere.  My thoughts and prayers are with the people in Texas who are in Hurricane Ike’s path.  I know how scary it can be with a big storm bearing down on you.  I just hope they can come out of this with no damage.  Please keep everyone who will be affected by this storm in your thoughts.

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8 Comments

  1. Sheila said,

    September 11, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Isn’t the walk through the garden at the end of the day such a wonderful experience?

  2. nancybond said,

    September 11, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Amen to that. I hope that Ike fizzles out before he can do any serious damage. I’m glad your yard is neat and tidy again — your plants look great!

  3. tina said,

    September 11, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    My absolutely favorite smelling flower in the world.

  4. Jan said,

    September 12, 2008 at 4:27 am

    Shelia, walking the garden at the end of the day or very early in the morning is one of my favorite activities – so calming and peaceful.

    Nancy, I am keeping an eye on Ike and praying for the Houston area where it looks like it is going to land. Hopefully, it will stay a weaker storm.

    Tina, they do smell wonderful, don’t they. I have tried to place fragrant plants throughout the garden – gardenias, butterfly ginger – because it adds that extra dimension.

  5. rstair said,

    September 12, 2008 at 7:36 am

    What a lovely scent these blooms add to the garden in the evening. That’s why I’ve never had the heart to completely erradicate them from the garden. I do have to keep them in check however or they will take over. 😉

  6. Jan said,

    September 12, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks for stopping by, rstair. I feel the same way. I have pulled out many a little seedling because I already have enough. Four o’clocks do make good fillers to a garden bed that is just starting out and needs a little something with size.

  7. Brenda Kula said,

    September 12, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    I’m sure what I have out on either side of my gate arbor are four o’clocks. But they have no scent!
    Brenda

  8. Jan said,

    September 12, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Brenda, I find these really don’t have a fragrance until dusk or after. I guess it is because they are pollinated by night moths. You might try going out at night to see if you can smell them.


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