Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pictures of pretty flowers

Florida cranberry:

Self-planted wild morning glories:
Annual Tithonia:

I'm not immune to the lure of flowers, but I do have a hard time not analyzing them in a utilitarian manner... so here we go:

Plant #1: Edible!

You can read more about Florida cranberries here. And watch a video here.

Plant #2: Psycotropic (and purgative!)

Morning glories can make you see things AND make you sick to your stomach at the same time. If you've ever wanted to hallucinate that you're vomiting into a toilet with teeth and tentacles, this is the plant for you. I recommend just growing it for the pretty flowers.

Plant #3: Nutrient accumulator and pollinator attractor!

Tithonia rotundifolia is an annual that grows to be about 8' tall. The butterflies love it and it makes lots of biomass. 

In Conclusion:

There. I posted pretty pictures of flowers and managed to justify it. 

Neener neener.


At October 30, 2013 at 7:35 AM , Blogger Gardens-In-The-Sand said...

No need to justify the flowers... that pic of the zebra longwing is all the justification necessary...

if you absolutely need a justification... You might want to look into the studies that show where having additional plants flowering means additional pollinators visiting your target crops...

I still have zebra longwings flitting about... but they refuse to hold still for a pic :(


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