This morning I went to the Sunset Valley Farmer’s market. I haven’t been all year, but I was getting hungry for good tomatoes. And I did find just that – the most incredible organic heirloom tomatoes I’ve had in years! They tasted like tomatoes used to taste when I was a kid, and we’ve already eaten half of what I bought this morning. I also got some organic mustard greens and collard greens…mmmm.
I found a beautiful River Fern for $8 that I am going to add to my fern bed, and that put me in the mood to go to a nursery (easy to do). So off I went to Natural Gardener, to see what they have in stock these hot days. I picked up another little Japanese Painted Fern, and some succulents that were on sale.
But the most interesting purchase of the day is a gorgeous vine – with an extraordinary fragrance. It’s called Snail Vine (Vigna Caracalla), and it is listed as a tender perennial. I’d never seen it before, and the bloom looks like an orchid and smells like honeysuckle – exquisite. But now I’m reading about it, and davesgarden says it is extremely aggressive, so much so that some people hate it.
So before I plant this gorgeous thing, how ’bout some of you gardeners out there tell me of your experience with it. How little sun can I get away with? Can it do a spot with only about 2 hours of sun? Will it take over my yard and cover over other vines beside it? Will my home become a living breathing snail vine that I have to cut my way through to come indoors?
Help please! Here’s this gorgeous plant:
I’m working on my front shade bed, which I’m planning as a fern bed mingled with white flowering plants. So I bought a white Plumbago (tiny – I don’t know if there’s enough sun for it, so it’s a test plant). They were out of White Turk’s Cap, so I’ll get some of that later. I did get a cute white Cat’s Whiskers, and a sweet little Sambac Jasmine, with a fragrant white flower. They also were out of white Phillipine Violets, which I want to add. That should give me a nice mix of white with ferns that I’ll let fill up that shady bed.