|A gardener sometimes needs faith. And, often, persistence. Hoya carnosa in bloom.|
Celebrate, hoyoo, hoyay! After much anticipation, my barbecued hoya is blooming for the very first time. No one could be more pleased…or surprised. Perhaps if I’d read this from the International Hoya Association, that headline might have been written 30 years ago (albeit, not on this blog).
Whatever I did right (and who’s to know where barbecuing falls into that process?), I’m happy to say that hoyas not only have very nice foliage, they have cool buds and flowers, too.
You can tell they’re members of the dogbane family, with a flower structure similar to distant cousins milkweed (yay!) and dog-strangling vine (a very big boo!). I’ve been told their scent is heavenly, but I find it mild.
A small victory, but something to sustain hope during this never-ending Wintpring 2015.
|I was surprised at how fuzzy the petals are inside. Like fine velvet. They naturally produce a nectar from the central corolla, which some tell me is drippy. No sign of that here, yet.|