Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Telling Time with Flowers: Portulaca
We have a little row of these pie plate shaped clay pots lining a wall on our porch. We have found that the drought tolerant portulaca is about the only plant we can sustain in the little pot. Portulaca comes in a wide variety of colors and is a member of the purslane family.
By 9 a.m. the gay little flowers are brightly open and in business for the day, along with the calendulas and the tawny day lilies. All these flowers are brilliantly colored and seem to reflect the sun but tend to sulk if the day is dull or dreary.