Going green - a place to record and share my journey into the realm of gardening and all things nature
I think the true gardener is a lover of his flowers, not a critic of them. I think the true gardener is the reverent servant of Nature, not her truculent, wife-beating master. I think the true gardener, the older he grows, should more and more develop a humble, grateful and uncertain spirit. Reginald Farrer, In a Yorkshire Garden, 1909
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Blue butterfly flower
The beautiful flower
Isn't this simply gorgeous? I first came to know about this plant when I read about it in My Nice Garden blog. The pics in the blog were so nicely taken that I wanted the same plant for myself. And that got me visiting the local nurseries here to look for that specific plant. Normally, I would go into a local nursery just to see what they have there and what plants catches my eye.
But with this blue butterfly, I went with a mission. And it wasn't long before I found it tucked in some corner of the nursery covered in weeds. It was already a matured plant with roots growing out of the pot. I think it was just left to grow on its own and there were no proper trimming. But as you can see from the pic (left), there were a lot of leaves and since it looked rather healthy to me, I bought it.
A tiny blue butterfly
However, when I saw the flower, I was like... what? so tiny? Well, its a small little flower actually. I didn't realize how small it is. In photos, it looks big but the real thing is small and tender. If you are not careful and knocked into it, the flower will just drop to the ground. Its not so suitable to be placed in open space since the flower will not be able to take the beating of the rain. I still have the plant in my backyard but it has since shed too many of its leaves. I think the pot is too small and the soil is no longer suitable. I will probably need to change to a bigger pot and remove the old soil.