A surprise in the garden? Well, it was a surprise to me since I hadn’t planted it. This lovely little plant appeared late this summer. With some help from my on-line gardening community friends from The Irish Garden (http://www.garden.ie) it was identified as a malva plant. I believe it is Sylvestris Mauritanicus “Windsor Castle”. It is also known as Common Mallow, and is a leafy biennial-perennial. It will (hopefullly!) re-seed itself, and will grow to 3 or 4 feet in height.
Of course I took pictures as it grew. In the early days I was thinking it was a pretty weed! The new buds are a dark purple, yet the flowers are a wine color.
The only down side of this story is that it is in my white and yellow garden! Given how lovely this color is, I think I can live with one more addition to the color scheme of my center garden.
I have to say I’m really happy about this plant growing in my garden! Such a lovely surprise. 🙂
Have you had any nice surprises lately?