“Two Year Wait”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
When you get a new plant, don’t you hate having to wait for it to flower? I know I tend to be impatient, but two years seems like a long time to wait for a vine to bloom. Now, it is not all Mother Nature’s fault. In the fall of 2007, my mother started rooting me a piece of her white mandevilla vine (Mandevilla sanderie). She kept it through the winter, and gave it to me in early spring. I waited to plant it until I thought the ground had warmed up enough in 2008 since this is a tender vine. I also waited to plant it because I didn’t have a place to put it. Sound familiar?
Well, in late spring of 2008, I planted it at the base of an arbor that has a young white Lady Banksia rose growing on it. The mandevilla vine started growing, and then wham! Cut down when dear hubby was weed eating around the perimeter of the garden. I don’t know how he did that since the vine was behind bricks, but nevertheless, the new vine was reduced to about three inches tall. Thankfully, it didn’t die, but it took all summer for it to recover. Since this is not winter hardy in our area, when the cold temperatures started in early December, I dug it up and put in in a container that could be protected when the freezes came. By early spring, I had forgotten all about it until one day, I spied a vine growing at the base of a parlor palm tree. Sure enough, there was the little vine starting to grow. This time, I planted it in the garden where it would be safe from weedeaters and yard tools. It settled in fine, and quickly blended in with all the other plants until now.
My first flower. Finally a bloom. I know I will have to dig it up again this fall, but for now, I think it is on its way to blooming until the cold weather arrives. This vine is supposed to come back from the roots in my zone 8, but I don’t want to take the chance of losing it. I love white flowers, and this one is special because Mom took the trouble to root a cutting and give it to me. Worth the two year wait.