I had a nice surprise a couple of weeks ago.
But let me go back a bit further. I had planted a Castor bean plant in a big pot last summer, and loved the way the leaves looked. When it flowered, it looked like this.
Kind of cool. I’m pretty sure I did a blog post on it.
This spring, I bought another Castor bean plant for the same pot. I didn’t pay too much attention to the type, as I didn’t remember the kind I got last year and it really didn’t matter to me–I was just looking for those big, dramatic leaves.
When this year’s Castor bean flowered, it looked like this.
So bright and kind of funky looking–I just love them! Unfortunately, I had to cut them off, because I wanted the leaves to continue to grow and not for the plant to concentrate on going to seed. But when I noticed the flower I also noticed, really for the first time, how red the leaves and stems are. (Which probably explains the different color of bloom.) In looking at last year’s photo, the leaves are obviously just plain green.
Surprises in the garden are always fun. (Well, almost always!)