I have been waiting for this to bloom forever and here it is!!!! What a pretty flower! Now I have to wait for it to go to seed! But I am halfway there, right? This plant has intrigued me since we planted it last year. It is called Sesbania tripetii 'Rattlebox'. They call it that as first it blooms, then it makes seed pods which hang down, the seeds inside dry up and when the wind blows, it makes sounds like a rattle box. I might not be explaining it well but I am excited for it to happen. Apparently it will bloom yet again and have the seeds/ rattles and blooms at the same time- I can't wait. It is a really pretty plant. I had no idea what to expect. It is tall and reminds me of a Caesalpinia in that the leaves are small and it is tall and grows resembling one (at least to me, I am sure there are those that would disagree). Anyway, I think it is really pretty and am really excited to see it finish and do "it's thing".
Another plant that started "doing it's thing" is the American Beautyberry. I love these. Always have. The bright purple berries are such a pretty color and add a pop to wherever it might be planted. I have one planted along the fence with a watermelon vine growing underneath it. (this was not planned... Felipe snuck the seeds down there and I think it looks really cool by the way). I plan to photo that today and get those photos posted soon.
The bottlebrush are in bloom as well. I love these. A lot of people's froze last year which is why we brought in a different variety that is more cold hardy from NC- the Woodlanders. The bees are happy it is blooming as are the butterflies.
Everything looks great right now and seems to be doing it's thing. If only the rattlebox would start shakin'!!!