So after work yesterday, I had a phone call from my buddy Bokey. He was at a 50% off plant sale at one of his favorite nurseries and he wanted some advice about marine heliotrope. Of course, I said “yes”.
Marine heliotrope is an annual, but a terrific one. It’s delightful purple flowers, their rich and wonderful perfume, the deep crinkles of their dark green foliage – there’s a lot to love. With enough sunlight indoors, it is possible to keep one of these growing and blooming after the summer season has come and gone.
I once bought one of these plants which had been trained as a three foot tall standard at a plant show. It lived for a couple of years. In the off-season, when sunlight is at a premium, it doesn’t bloom as much, but the flowers then are, perhaps, even more sweetly fragranced.
Of course, knowing Marc shares my fondness for any purple flower, I’m not sure I was such a strong influence on his decision to purchase. But just to make the story funnier, I Facebook-ed about our phone conversation and accidentally ratted out Marc’s purchase plans to his husband Jess. Hee hee.