Cobaea scandens (a/k/a Cup and Saucer Vine or Cathedral Bells)
After seeing pictures of Cobaea scandens online last year, I decided I had to have one. I bought a second-year plant at a local farmers market and planted it this June. It grew amazingly fast once the weather finally warmed up in July, but it didn't bloom until mid-to-late September. Now, though, it's beautiful, just in time for frost season. The person I bought it from told me it's hardy to 26F, so I plan to mulch it heavily with straw and hope for the best. I've been trying to take cuttings from it as a bit of insurance, but so far I can't get any of them to root in either water or potting soil. If anyone knows how to root cuttings from this plant, please let me know.
Rainy Day Gardening is brought to you by Meg and Janet, two librarians who like to play in the dirt.
Born and raised in Northern California, Janet started gardening when she was about 4 (mumble mumble years ago). After relocating to Portland, OR, she became a true rainy day gardener, gardening in the rainy Northwest for 14 years. In 2010, she picked up stakes (and other garden implements) and moved to Southern California, where rainy day gardening is a rarity. She now gardens on about 2/10 of an acre, growing vegetables, fruit, flowers, trees, shrubs, and a fine crop of weeds. Her interests include carnivorous plants, citrus, cottage gardening, her greenhouse, and anything edible.
Meg was born in South Carolina and raised all over the country (plus Japan!), but has been living in Seattle since 1992 and now considers it "home." She has only been gardening for about two years (just bought her first home) and is still in the learning stages. Her interests include bright colors, plants she can snack on while she's weeding, and learning how to keep things healthy and happy without using chemicals.