Well, I can’t believe that this is my 100th blog post and that some of you are still reading my blog…. ;^)
I have enjoyed meeting so many of my fellow gardeners and those who want to learn how to garden. I have met people not just from Arizona, but around the country and all over the world. It just blows my mind how many of us there are, who love to garden and visit beautiful gardens.
The day after I started my blog, I joined Blotanical, which has been such a wonderful place to belong. I have met many fellow gardeners and have visited their beautiful gardens through their blogs. I highly encourage those of you who have not visited, to stop by Blotanical…a whole new world awaits you.
In honor of my 100th post, I would like to share with you one of my favorite vines….
Purple Lilac Vine
This is one of six Purple Lilac Vines (Hardenbergia violaceae) that I have in my garden.
You can see why it is called Purple Lilac Vine. The flowers mimic lilacs, but have no fragrance. They flower in February, when there are few other flowers in the garden.
It does require a trellis or other type of support to climb up against a wall.
Today, when I went outdoors to take these pictures, the bees were happily buzzing about the flowers, greedily gathering pollen.
There is nothing not to love about this vine. It does not suffer from frost damage in my zone 8b and so is evergreen. It handles the heat very well, has no thorns and is absolutely beautiful.
Long ago….okay about 10 years ago, I planted the vines as a groundcover along the golf course and they worked so well, that I bought some to grow as groundcovers in my own garden.
Even when out of flower, they are just beautiful. They need no special attention. I do not fertilize them and only prune them every couple of years or so.
And so, this is my type of plant….low-maintenance and beautiful!
Thank you so much for visiting my blog and letting me know what you think in your comments. I am excited to see what the next 100 posts bring!