Sunday, June 22, 2008

There are Dragons in My Garden!

This spring I planted some wild Snapdragon Vine (Maurandya antirrhiniflora) from seed. They are supposed to grow to 3 ft or so. Mine aren't that big yet, but they did just start flowering. And they seem to be crazy drought tolerant. I just mulched them today, but they have been growing on bare earth and didn't seem to mind at all. Hopefully now that they are mulched, they will grow a bit faster for me.

This snapdragon vine is a delicate looking thing, but it's flowers are quite pretty. Here is the bloom:



And here are some photos of one of the dragonflies that frequent my garden:



They dart to and fro about the garden catching all those little annoying bugs for lunch. I am sure glad to have these dragon friends around!

6 comments:

Lancashire rose said...

This year is the first time I have heard of the wild snapdragon vine. I believe this is the one Pam has climbing up her dovecote. I think I need to add this to my ever growing list of plants.
Jenny

Carol said...

Looks like yet another plant I'll have to admire from afar!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Eve said...

First, before I forget,,thanks for giving a place where we can purchse those pretty wine cup flowers on another blog..I am going to do that.

Hey, People have snapdragon flowers,,I use to have pretty butter colored ones...why not a snapdragon vine?

Lee17 said...

lancashire rose,

I just happened to see seeds for this vine when I was buying wildflower seeds last year and bought a pack. They came up and I am hoping they do well for me ;)

Lee17 said...

Carol,

Ah - I feel that way about Lilacs and Trilliums and Dogwoods and....oh I just miss all those things I can't grow here because the ground is limestone and the weather too hot!!

Lee17 said...

Eve,

You are welcome!

I hope my snapdragon vines keep growing and put on lots of flowers. They are really an experiment ;)