The thing I like about this tulip, besides the other-worldly colour, is that the leaves are striped with red streaks. I don’t know the name of the cultivar.
I always pass on these bulbs at planting time because they are often a bit on the pricey side, but then I see them blooming come spring and wonder why I was so cheap. And they naturalize easily, too.
I often allow some of my lettuce plants on the roof to bolt and go to seed in the late summer heat. They look beautiful and eventually produce seeds that can be collected for next year.
‘Mascara’ is a vivid, red oakleaf variety that comes back up on its own in the spring. I do collect the seeds, but since it sows itself I tend to just give them all away. I find the tiny seedlings popping up in pots scattered around the roof and carefully transplant each one where I want them. Free food! And all from one plant that I let go a few years back.
This is the first seedling that popped up this year. I thought the nasty snowstorm a while back would kill it, but its still kicking. Tough little thing.
More about ‘Mascara’ lettuce here
I took this photo of what looks like a Kalanchoe daigremontiana aka Mother-of-thousands about a month ago in Austin, Texas.
I have one of these growing indoors in a pot. This warm climate native would never survive our cold Toronto winters. Or rather, I should say that I have thousands growing indoors in a pot since anyone who has grown this extremely drought-resilient succulent plant knows how apt the common name really is. Each serrated leaf is lined in several tiny plantlets, which eventually drop off and take root wherever they can. I’ve found them trying to grow into the carpet!