4 O’Clock Heaven

Four O'ClocksI began harvesting seeds from my psychedelic yellow and fuschia Four O’Clock plants today. I tell ya, it’s fun to tap those tips, so laden with with ripe, black seeds, into the rim of a coffee can and hear the plink! plink! as the ripe seeds come loose and hit the bottom. These plants predate our ownership of this house, and I suspect they’ve been here for many years. They can be propagated by tuber or by seed, so I’ve got lots to move to other areas of the yard and to share. They are a bit past their peak of flowering, but still making lots of blooms each evening. Like me, they run late. Here, they should be called Six O’Clocks, I think.

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