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    it is good not to mow

    I was walking the dog this week and found a lovely surprise in my own yard. I haven't mowed because it has been so dry. The little bit if rain must have encouraged somethings to reemerge. Anyway a found a bloom of pink shooting star. As I dug around it I found it was a good sized clump. I was exited. The clump is now in the front flower bed to winter over. Hopefully I can divide it next year.. I didn't want to disturb it too much right now.
    tennessee sue

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    Sue,

    I had never heard of this plant. But wow! I looked it up, and gee, that is one nice plant with a beautiful and interesting bloom.

    Do they grow in the wild or did it just reseed itself there?
    Ann B.
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    Torenia Clown is an annual that self sows itself quite a distance away from where it was orignially grown. I have found some in my neighbor's yard (across the street and down one). I even find them years after I grew them.

    I found one a few days ago in the back yard under the one remaining old pecan. What a treat!

    I have also found a Butterfly Clerodendrum that has apparently been planted by birds. When I first saw the leaves, I thought perhaps that was it. So, I marked it off and sure enough, it is going to bloom in a few days. I am anxious to see if the blooms are blue like the mama plant. This particular shrub does not produce very many seeds, so I was surprised to say the least to have it pop up over 40 feet away from the mother.
    Ann B.
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    Ann, The shooting star is a wild flower but I have never seen it around here so I have no clue where it came from. It has bloomed continually since I moved it. We tried to get a pic but could not get a good one.
    I hope for more surprises like this one.
    tennessee sue

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