“A Great Find”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Two summers ago, I noticed a vine with pale pink flowers blooming at a house across the street from my mother’s house. It had pale pink trumpet shaped flowers with a darker pink throat spilling over the fence by the hundreds. It was so pretty, and I fell for that vine immediately. Of course, no one knew the name of this particular vine. The neighbor just bought it years before and, I guess, never paid attention to the name. I just don’t understand people having plants and not knowing at least a common name, but that is a story for another day. Back to this lovely vine. I began searching the Internet and my garden books. This is very hard when you don’t have any kind of name to start with, but eventually, after a while, I found it. It was Pandorea jasminoids or pink bower vine or Pandora vine.
Now that I had a name, I began to search for this. Whenever I went to any place that sold plants, I looked for it. Every time I found it at a reputable online nursery, it was sold out. I was still determined to find one. This spring, it has started blooming at the neighbor’s house prettier than ever. Well, someone must be looking out for me because Sunday while dear hubby was dragging me around to Wal-mart, Home Depot, PetSmart, and Lowes, I found a Pandora vine.
While hubby was off in another area of Lowes, I wandered around the plant area. Suddenly, my eyes caught sight of familiar pink flowers nestled between a row of white jasmine and plumbago. I caught my breath, I could hardly believe it, there was my long sought for vine at Lowes! Not some exotic nursery, not even an unusual plant nursery, just plain old Lowes. I quickly grabbed one container and checked the label which, of course, only had “Pandora Vine” on it, no botanical name for an accurate identification. Without a second thought, I selected the best looking plant and went to the check out. I didn’t even know how much it was nor did I care. This long searched for vine was only $4.67 for a gallon size plant. Again, I was shocked for the second time. On-line they were $12 to $15 for a 2 inch pot, and you still had shipping to pay for.
Like I stated before, someone was looking out for me. I found my pink flowered vine, and it was cheap, too. See, it doesn’t take much to make me happy.
Pink bower vine is supposed to be hardy to zone 9, but I think I can get it to survive here since we are barely in zone 8. I’ll have to get a trellis for it before I can plant it. I was probably so excited to find this plant that I forgot all about getting a trellis for it when I bought it. Looks like that will be a job for this weekend.