Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pleasing Portulaca

Portulacas are a new addition to the garden this year.
Once described as "paper flowers"
due to their delicate blooms,
these beauties may look frail,
but they easily withstand poor conditions.

Thriving in poor or sandy soil and highly drought-tolerant,
these sweethearts ask for very little
but give the gardener quite a show.

The ruffled petals just keep on coming,
cast in vibrant colors.
You will sometimes find several hues on one plant.

Almost rose-like in appearance before blooming,
portulacas have a most interesting range of textures
contained within each plant.

I think they're keepers...