Monday, September 12, 2016

The Little Plant That Could... and Did!

Last year this section of the garden was totally re-done.
You may remember that happening here.
At that time, the entire garden bed was dug up, yanked out and hauled away.
Although it was clear the time had come, I was sorry to see some of the plants go.

Imagine my delight when one of those plants appeared in the new garden bed recently.
Despite all of the upheaval, this Cypress Vine must have dropped a seed that refused to be discarded along with the old tree and shrubs. 
Even more amazing to me was the fact that it decided to root itself right next to the one and only shepherd's hook I placed in this bed.
What are the chances of that?

Over the past few weeks I have been watching it wind it's way up the pole.  It is such a pretty plant with it's wispy delicate leaves.

Are you familiar with the Cypress Vine?
They are also known as the hummingbird vine because these guys love them:

The hummingbirds have been entertaining us at the feeders as they prepare for their fall migration.
As I've been watching the Cypress Vine grow, I've been keeping my fingers crossed that it would bloom before the hummingbirds had flown the coop.

Looks like Mother Nature had that base covered all along.


  1. I just learned about Cypress Vine this summer! A gal in our butterfly group gifted each of us with some. Mine hasn't really taken off but it is alive. I wonder if it will come back next year? Did you originally plant from seed? If we end up moving, I may have to ask for some more of it. :)

    Love your photos. The garden looks amazing and I love the walking path.

    We planted passion vine this year for the first time. It's going crazy!!

    1. Hi Stacey,
      Yes, I did originally plant it from a package of seeds. If yours blooms and then goes to seed you can collect the seeds and plant them next spring. Or, if the seeds drop on the ground, you will most likely see them popping up the following year.
      I have not tried to grow passion vine, but I think it is so pretty.

  2. No I am not familiar with the cypress vine but I'd sure like one in my garden.
    It is a beautiful plant and great that it attracts hummingbirds.

    1. Forgot to say that I love the watering can hanging on the hook.

  3. Such a pretty vine. I am not familiar with it. I'm sure it must not grow in our zone. Love the pretty leaves and the flower is the icing on the cake! Sweet little determined plant.

  4. I've never heard of the Cypress Vine either and am wondering if it would grow here. Morning Glories do fine and apparently they are closely related to the Cypress Vine so maybe I'll look for the seeds next Spring.

  5. I just love surprises in the garden, don't you? Mother Nature always has a few tricks up her sleeve.
    So glad your vine bloomed in time. Those hummers are so fun to watch.

  6. Gotta love serendipity, especially in the garden. I don't recall ever seeing such a plant, but I can see why you are a fan. Obviously, the plant is very happy there.


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