Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Spot Me a Five?

Five! Five dollar! Five dollar foot looooong...

Okay, now you hate me for putting that jingle into your head, don't you? I figure I might as well have company while I "enjoy" that ear worm. As I walked about the garden yesterday, it was that annoying little tune that kept popping into my head. What prompted it?


Five Spot (Nemophila maculata)

Here's the story about my Five Spot: It took two tries in two separate years for me to get this to grow from seed. Last year, it finally decided our amended clay soil was good enough to grow in. We had lovely blooms, each with five spots, except for the ones that had seven. Maybe the ones with seven spots are akin to finding a four-leaf clover?

The weird thing about Five Spot is that it's growing and blooming right now, in spite of not planting it this year. It's an annual and I didn't save any of last year's seed, but it turns out that I really didn't need to. It self-seeded and I have just as many plants this year as I did last year. And I didn't have to do a thing!

Now, if I can just get Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii) to do the same thing.

On the "five" theme, here's another:

Five-leaved Akebia (Akebia quinata)

This vine would be cool to do time-lapse photography with. As it grows, it twines around the trellis, then when it reaches the top, it seems to twirl around itself, looking for something to grab onto. It has that "wild hair" look to it.

There are five leaves on each stem and when it blooms, there are five individual flowers in a group. Notice the little stripes on part of the bloom? I'll bet there are five of those, too. Just guessing though - I didn't take the time to count.

Another quirky thing about this
Akebia is that I found it a couple of years ago at Home Depot at the end of the season for guess how much? FIVE dollars.

Have you had enough of the five stuff? There's more! One of my roses is called 'Cinco de Mayo.' Oh, it's not blooming yet, but it's got vigorous new growth and promises to look fabulous when bloom time comes. In case you didn't know, "cinco" is the Spanish word for "five." And May is the fifth month.
And this starts my fifth year of gardening.

This blog post is brought to you by the Number 5.


Cindy Garber Iverson said...

Once again you've introduced me to something I've never seen before that I can remember. Such a gorgeous flower!


Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

High five, Kylee as both you and me have just done a post while being inspired by something or other.

Fortunately no jingle in my head as I haven't the foggiest what you're talking about. Clueless can be good! ;-)

Love that five spot, it's really pretty and self seeding too, always a plus.

Snap! I recently aquired an Akebia quinata for 5 euros. Mine is the chocolate-y coloured one.

Unknown said...

Five times more lovely than I love it that is self sews, I am homing lots of the seeds I have coming up will do that! Hugs....Brooke

Dave said...

Yep. It's stuck in my head now! I like that five spot, pretty little flower.

Connie said...

I grew Five spot one year, but was a little disappointed with the smallness of the plant. I now prefer Baby Blue eyes, as I love the color! I have some blooming now.

Kylee Baumle said...

Cindy ~ And here I thought this one was pretty common in California! Well, this is just one of the great things about blogging - learning about new things all the time! *hugs*

Yolanda Elizabet ~ Well, now. We wouldn't want you to be left out of the complete experience, would we? Here you go. Enjoy! :-)

I want the chocolate akebia, too. Haven't the slightest idea where I'd put it, but that hasn't stopped me before! LOL.

Brooke ~ Some things I know will self-sow and some surprise me! Most of the time, it's a good thing when they do.

Dave ~ Just in case you want a refresher on the jingle, see my comment to Yolanda Elizabet for a refresher. LOL.
Connie ~ Yes, it is small, but I have it at the front of a small rock garden, so it's perfect! I've got seeds for Baby Blue Eyes and I need to get those out today, if the mud is cooperative. We don't need any more rain here!

Pat said...

Do you often get fixated with numbers ? lol
Five Spot is oh so pretty. Go figure why it came back.

Town Mouse said...

How fun! That makes me hopeful my Fivespot will reseed as well. Such a pretty plant, I like the tangle of leaves as well. Luckily, I never heard of whatever jingle you're referring to. Ah, the bliss of living without TV and commercial radio.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Seven come eleven. Very cool. I love that first photo. I'm trying to get Baby Blue Eyes to reseed and grow here too. We'll see.~~Dee

Shady Gardener said...

Cute post, Kylee! I recently posted about the 5-leafed trillium I planted in my gardens 2 years ago. It has now returned to it's natural state. ;-) Great plants!!

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