Early this spring, I bought a vine. I stuck it in the ground by the metal arbor The Dad built. Then I waited. And waited. The plant grew. And it grew. And it was pretty, but not a single bud.
Then, a week or so ago, it started getting some things that looked like bracts. And I thought, well that's the dumbest flower I've ever seen. Then something started emerging from the bract. And I still thought it was a pretty pathetic flower.
Then, it bloomed. And it was SO pretty. And next year, I'm buyin' it again.
Here's the bloom cycle of my cup and saucer vine:
The flower starts out this pale, greenish-purple color.
Then, over the span of a couple days, the color gradually gets darker.
So pretty, right?
A true example of, never judge a book by its cover.
It's the inside that counts.