Winter Veggie Garden
The tomato plants are very tall. So tall, in fact, I am having difficulty reaching the very tippy tops of a couple of them. It took me almost two hours to stake them... again.
There was untangling of limbs involved. Just so you know.
We've been nice and warm since winter began. The days full of sunshine mostly and low humidity with daytime temps topping out at around 78 or 80 and nighttime only dropping to the high 50's, if not, staying in the 60's even. I'm sitting on my back porch right now in 70 degrees of perfect... and it's 8:00 at night. This kind of weather encourages lots of growth in the garden.
What Am I??
In the same side yard where the veggie garden is located there is a very tall and bushy shrub happily growing beyond its bounds.
First planted last February from a 3 gal pot, I am sure I remember the tag indicating this to be a Firespike. I am doubting myself now, but I would have told anyone it had fading red blooms (like a Firespike) on it when it was purchased.
Towards the end of summer/beginning of autumn I was fully expecting it to bloom at any moment. But as new leaves continued to unfurl, not a single sign of budding was to be seen. My hope of discovering red firespikes were further dashed when it became necessary to trim back its branches a couple of times as it insistantly stretched over and beyond the border of Amaryllis at its feet.
Lo and behold a few weeks ago these lavender-magenta-ish spikes appeared along each tall and almost willowy-acting branch. As they emerged I'm further befuddled about its I.D. When the plant wasn't blooming, I started several new plants from the trimmings and now have them planted in the back forty. Those are not blooming but I suspect they will copy this one in its bushy, lanky habit and bloom by next year at this time.
When not blooming, the shrub is lush and full and very green with large, shiny leaves flanking each long, stretched out branch. Its immediate and most conspicuous neighbors are the bright yellow bush daisies that bloom incessantly all year and the blue porterweed close by on either side. Newly planted maple leaf hibiscus has joined their company, too.
If anyone knows anything about the identity of our mystery, of course, sharing it would be much appreciated.
Sunday morning update: Thanks to my two friends south of me, GreenJeans at Central Florida Gardening and Helen at My Rustic Bajan Garden, we have a positive identification for the pretty "pink" firespike. Apparently it is not as common as the red firespike I thought I was purchasing. Thank you to Beckie at Dragonfly Corner also for taking the time to google this tropical plant for me and she was on the right track! You all are the BEST !!!!