The first is Tropaeolum speciosum which has lasted longer in my garden this year than ever before and I'm truly grateful. The latest development is that the vine continues to grow and produce stunning flowers but as the old blooms fade, waxy purple calyxes add another color as green seed pods form and turn blue. Tropaeolum speciosum is a riot of color at this time with orange, purple, and blue all playing together.
My other favorite plant this month came from a student on the last day of school. My kids' families are so thoughtful!
You may recall this post from June sixth when I announced a give away to celebrate my four year blogaversary (June 27) For some reason, I said that the winners, randomly drawn from a hat from those who left a comment on that post, would be announced today.
It was time to gather the troops together to help with the drawing.
Chocolate, the lovable couch potato, just wanted to cuddle so there had to be a time out for that.
Rigby, always up for an adventure, was happy to play but was not at all happy about posing inside the hat, so this'll have to do.
Sarah Sue, the hyperactive goof was bouncing all over the place as always. While the dogs are always supportive, their lack of opposable thumbs means that they're not much help when it comes to this sort of thing.
The glass top hat came up from the basement to act as a receptacle but needed something more.
So I threw this glass thing I made on top. A bit more festive.
The names were scribbled on card stock and thrown in.
A disinterested Tom selected five names at random (the receptacle was shaken after each name was drawn.) and the results were confirmed by the accounting firm of Tom Oswald, CPA.
The winners are Denise, Shirley, Plant Postings, Devil Garden, and Alan. If you'll be so kind as to email me (plantobssession at gmail dot com) your names and addresses, I'll get these boxed and in the mail to you. Thanks everyone for playing and congratulations to the winners.