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June 4, 2009 at 12:46 pm #28858
Many thanks for your reply and advice. I lucked out as plant number three’s white contribution has a natural place of division from the main clump. I will divide that off and give it a place of its own, and leave the rest alone for this year. The first white section that appeared three years ago is tucked tightly (not even air space) against a concrete walk so I don’t think I could get that one out without severely damaging or losing it completely. I feel so lucky to have the additional few this year.
We have major clumps of spiderwort in seven areas now…from almost complete shade to mostly full sun. They definitely have differing characteristics between them. The dark shade ones are beautifully deep purple but very floppy, the bright sun ones are lighter in color but sturdier, shorter plants. There is one that came up in some rocky clay halfway under the side of a little shed that is sitting on blocks. It made its way out as it reached for the evening sun. The blossoms are very light purple, and very much larger than on all the others…but they crinkle a little and the whole plant seems to have this ‘help me please’ look about it. (only one of the seven areas has some white blossoms so far)
This spring, Tennessee had torrential rains one after the other. Spring had come early and the spiderworts were already tall. Three times they were completely flattened to the ground. Three times we watched these three foot tall plants rise completely back up. They stood strong against the fourth heavy rain without a droop. It was inspiring.
In posing this question, and replying here, I realize just how much I’ve learned from this plant, and just how much it means to me.
Plants are often a wonderful reminder of and tribute to the loved ones we’ve lost….yes, beautifully so, and in saying that you made me pause to look around at the other plants my beautiful friend left in our care. All were from the family farm where she grew up. Strong stuff for sure, and now growing in memory and meaning.
Bobster, thank you again.
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