At Lake Austin Spa on Wednesday, my guide, head gardener Trisha Shirey, showed me an interesting plant she’s growing in the vegetable garden—cotton! Related to the hibiscus, she explained, its flower opens white and soon fades to a soft pink.
When the flowers drop, seedpods called bolls begin to ripen. I think they are quite attractive, as are the wine-red stems of the leaves.
The seeds are ripe when the boll turns brown and splits open to reveal the cotton fluff inside. That natural fiber is what our comfy clothes are made of, folks!
Trisha clipped a boll for me to take home. If I want, I can plant the seeds inside and try for my own cotton plant next spring.
And that’s the story of my cotton-pickin’ Bloom Day. To see what’s blooming in other gardens around the world, visit May Dreams Gardens today.
Join me tomorrow in celebrating October’s best foliage on the day after Bloom Day. If you have some interesting foliage pics to share, please post them tomorrow and leave a link in my Foliage Follow-Up post on Saturday morning.
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