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Four o’clock flowers

Four o’clock flowers close up

It started with 3 tubers labelled ‘Mirabilis’ in a packet in a supermarket. Their other name, four o’clock flowers,  is because they open when it’s cooler, as the day slips past its prime. In our case, though, they’re still tightly closed at that hour.

I planted the tubers in a high flower bed contained by a wall, and while they’ve re-occurred there, and also in the various locations to which I transferred young plants as they appeared, they’re clearly happiest doing their own thing.

Which is: dropping seeds into the gravel courtyard at the foot of the wall. This has given rise to an exuberant forest which puts into the shade (literally and metaphorically) the ‘legitimate’ plants growing there in tubs.

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