As much as I like sunshine, I prefer cloudy days more because of the phenomenal Mirabilis Jalapas that hold onto daylight. On warmer days, they are content to remain as buds to bloom later on in the afternoons, hence the name “four o’ clock” flowers. Mirabilis in Latin, means wonderful and that is how they make me feel.
Somewhat bushy, these flowers grew from a tuber given to me by my neighbour. The pink and yellow trumpet shaped flowers have a delicate scent. Hugged by the purple and white brunfelsias on the left and the blushing bougainvilleas on the right, they are content self-seed, lay low and bloom embracingly.
For a while, they lay dormant and I lamented their absence but their moodiness was short-lived. Such is the appeal that I mean to pot some closer, outside the library, so that I may enjoy their full bounty more.
For bursts of happiness and blooming wonders, these mirabilis jalapa flowers, also known as “Marvels of Peru” are worthy contenders for sunny spots in gardens, minimum fuss, maximum alliciency.