Purple Lantana in a Very Special Container

We had the same neighbors for 40 years. When they recently moved to New York, they asked if I would like this ceramic plant pot for my garden. Our children all grew up together and this container was made by their oldest daughter in her high school ceramics class. It meant something to my neighbor, but was one of those things that had to be left behind, as often happens when people move. The plant pot was empty when I received it, and I  thought that my new purple lantana would go well in it. I really like the purple contrasted with the black and white.
After seeing my recent post, Lantana in a Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden,  my old neighbor asked  me to peek over the fence and see if the lantana was still growing in their  yard. I did peek, and was happy to tell her it was. I hope she sees this post and knows I’m taking good care of this special gift.


The Portulaca Rio Grande Magenta

I brought my Portulaca, also known as the Moss Ross Flower, into the house this afternoon, for a grooming and shower. The portulaca blooms in summer and early fall, preferring light watering and a sunny exposure. It’s also drought tolerant, a real plus in southern California. Mine grows  in a plant pot, and is easy to move to a sunny location in the winter as the sun shifts its position. Portulaca is know as a hardy annual, but in most of California it grows like a perennial, lasting more than one season.

Sometimes I bring smaller plants inside as I did this morning. The only problem is that I sometimes bring in a hitchhiker like the little spider in the above photo. I hope you can see him in the middle of the picture. Don’t worry, I took him back outside when I returned the plant to its usual spot in the garden. Portulaca comes in a variety of colors and is a cheery addition to any garden.