Garden Tuesday – Cleome


Are you looking for an easy plant?  You need to look no further than cleome.  It is a wonderful old-fashioned plant that sort of acts like zinnias.  If you’ve grown zinnias before you know what I mean.  One year, I bought a package of cleome seeds and sprinkled them on my bed, and have been rewarded every year with massive fields of these flowers.  I do have to pretty much pull them up like weeds, but it doesn’t feel heartless since there are so many.  The bees and the hummingbirds love them! 

P.S. Yesterday, Joanne asked me what two cookbooks I wishlisted, while exclaiming that I wasn’t even using cookbooks anymore. The answer is: Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable and Seasonal Kitchen and Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours and for those of you wondering…they are no longer on my wishlist, they are on their way to me. I can’t help it. Truly I can’t.

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  1. says

    Oh I love that shot of the Cleome. We call them ‘Kattesnor’ or ‘Cat’s whiskers’. Love the little bee (?) humming around there.

  2. says

    I like have ‘easy’ plants/flowers, Pam… I’ve never heard of Cleome. SO–I’ll check into that….

    Hope you enjoy the new cookbooks –once they are here… How many total cookbooks do you have in your collection now????


  3. says

    I love that photo Pam, the Cleome is beautiful… I like those that reseed themselves, especially for the hummingbird, bee, and butterfly garden. Thanks for featuring it.

    Cookbooks??! Never heard of ‘em. lol. xoxo

  4. says

    I have some cleome at my house too! They are really unique and beautiful and I’ve managed to keep them alive somehow.
    Good choices on the cookbook purchases. I’ve been eyeballing the new Dorie book but am holding out to see what Tyler’s new book is like. I think Tyler, Ina and a few others come out with new books in October. I’m saving up for a big purchase!!

  5. says

    I have Cleome, too. It’s one that will grow at the beach and I love that it presents you with neat little seed pods at the end of summer.

    Supposedly Larkspur is easy to grow, too, but so far I’ve had no luck getting it started. Didn’t starting flowers from seeds used to be easier?