Monday, June 18, 2012

'Spanish Eyes'


Black-Eyed Susan Vine
Thunbergia alata 'Spanish Eyes'

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Anyone that knows me can tell you I’m absolutely terrible when it comes to growing things from seed. This is actually my third attempt to grow Black-Eyed Susan Vines from seed and I finally succeeded. This particular one is called ‘Spanish Eyes’ and the seeds were a birthday gift from my very dear friend Carol. My first tries at growing them was using seed from the traditional yellow flowered vine.

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I love, love, love this vine and I hope it produces enough seed for me to replant them next year. It comes in a variety of colors and I can’t wait to get more of them. It is an annual in my area so I will have to clean up the dead vines every year and I’m not particularly thrilled about that fact. I’m hoping this won’t be a major chore so I won’t be discouraged from planting more of this charming little plant.

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10 comments:

  1. I have always wanted to try growing this. I don't believe I've seen one with this coloring.

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    1. Phillip,
      Hopefully it will make seed. If it does I'll be sure to send you some. :0)If not you can still get them at Petals From the Past. That's where Carol bought them for me.

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  2. Randy, you should have no problem with this vine from here on out, it is actually quite a thug here...I have the traditional yellow....it doesn't show up until late May early June though. It's not too bad to cut down the dead vine....

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    1. Darla,
      I would love it if it actually came back from the root ball. I don't know if the cold will kill it here or not?

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  3. Randy, they're lovely. What a beautiful vine. I've never been able to get it growing.~~Dee

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    1. Dee thanks for your information on the daylilies. I'll be sure to give them a good feeding to help them out. Now that I think about it I'm not fertilizing near as much as I use to do it. They probably do need some vitamins. :0)

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  4. Congrats on your seed success! I too do not have much luck with seeds. I think I am too quick to pull out the weeds and thus, seedlings get plucked as well. My hubby always accuses me of being an Instant Gratification gardener as I have no patience’s for things to grow from seed. LOL… These vines produce a beautiful bloom and I can see why you are happy with it…

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    1. That's the perfect description of me!!! Instant Gratification gardener!

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  5. Did you get any seeds from this year's vines?

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    1. Not a single seed! I thought that was really odd. I know they have to come from some where. LOL

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