Late summer flowers

The last few days have been wonderful after the rains. Sunshine, warmth, blue skies. Summer in fact, and it has brought into the flower the first of the late summer flowers.

I have never grown Black-eyed Susan-Thunbergia alata before, but I will again. I have it growing in a pot, supported by a cane trellis on my south facing patio, and it is doing very well. From researching plants called Black eyed Susan I have learned that the plant I am growing is a native of East Africa, and is a tender climber. In the USA, the plant of that name is a perennial, Rudbeckia hirta, and is the state flower of Maryland. I can see why both are called Black eyed, but I wonder who the original Susan was?

The second plant is one I really love. This is common myrtle, Myrtus communis, fragrant in the leaf and stem and beloved of Victorian brides who included sprigs of myrtle in their wedding bouquets, as I discovered brides in Israel still do today.

A little research seems to suggest myrtle was considered to be an aphrodisiac, and in classical times it was a symbol of youth and beauty. Aphrodite was said to have concealed herself behind a myrtle bush after she arose naked from the sea!

I have two forms, the plain glossy leaved version and this variegated variety which has an airier appearance. It is covered in flower buds and on sunny days attracts many insects.

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3 thoughts on “Late summer flowers

  1. You taught me something today. What we call myrtle at home in Vermont is actually vinca. We must have dropped off the “creeping” in “creeping myrtle” somewhere along the way.

    Thanks for the photos and history.

  2. Hello… just came to visit via ‘This is my patch’ and came across your Myrtle. I have one too and like you love it.. it’s scent is so sweet. I didn’t know about the aphrodisiac potential though or the history.. so thanks for that. I will come back and read some more soon.
    ginny
    ps. I love the name of your blog
    x

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