Thursday, July 17, 2008

Not Your Granny's Petunias

What I really wanted my topiary forsythia basket to hold this summer was a bouquet of those fancy, cascading petunias that have become so popular.

Alas, due to my self-imposed travel limitations, I never came across one. Imagine the thrill of finding just such a basket recently at the farm stand near City Hall! And such a pretty one! Each tiny blossom is a marvel of striated colors, in pink, orange and yellow.

When I was young (a long time ago) petunias were mostly purple. More recently, growers have created pinwheel varieties, a wide range of colors and the entrancing "wave" type that spills so gracefully out of containers.

I don't think I have the time or you have the patience to enjoy every single flower in pictures, but here's one close-up example.

Woo-hoo Mother Nature! Who knew there could be such a treasure in one basket!

--Bernice Paglia


Blogger JoAnn in NJ said...

They are so pretty! And I love the topiary basket you've created!

My happy suprise has been recently that many of the petunias I planted last year self-seeded and came back again! (aka FREE PLANTS!)

Don't be suprised if yours come back and have a different color.

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