“Another Great Salvia”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Today was the first cool day we have had in over a week. During the workweek, we had record high temperatures into the low 90’s – ugh! While today was cooler, it was very overcast with occasional light rain which meant no going out into the garden. Yesterday after work, I was able to at least take a stroll around and water a few plants which were looking parched.
One plant that is doing very well is the Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha). This perennial with its blue-green foliage and wonderful purple flowers has quickly become a mainstay in the garden. I planted some last year and also took cuttings which I placed in the back garden. This spring I bought two more plants to add to the side garden. What turned out to be a serendipitous difference has only recently showed up. The ones I planted last year have purple flowers while the ones planted this year have white ones.
The flowers are really rather small, it is the purple calyces that last the longest and are the most noticable on these plants.
I can’t decide if I like the all purple or the white and purple better.
What I did find interesting was a bee on the salvia getting ready to spend the night. It was just holding on to the underside of a flower. Since it was early evening with the sun just about ready to set and I have found bumble bees under flowers or leaves early in the morning, I figured this little guy was getting ready for some shut-eye. Unfortunately, just as I took the second photo, he must have felt the neighborhood was too busy for a good night’s sleep and flew off for new accommodations.