beautiful and resilient

flowers that bloom in spite of my lack of green thumbs

re·sil·ient

/riˈzilyənt/
Adjective
  1. (of a substance or object) Able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed.
  2. (of a person or animal) Able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.

In spite of my complete lack of green thumbs, this pretty plant just keeps on keeping on – it is currently the only plant that is blooming and possibly thriving with no thanks to yours truly, I’m sure. Further research has revealed that their virility is not the least surprising:

They are called a Luscious Berry Blend of Lantana camara – according to Wikipedia, “West Indian Lantana has become popular in gardens for its hardy nature. It is not affected by pests or disease, has low water requirements, and is tolerant of extreme heat. It is a favorite species of butterflies, and used in butterfly gardens in the United States.” It’s also apparently considered an invasive species – a really pretty invasive species, so it has something in common with my daughter.

sorry, this seat is taken
sorry, this seat is taken

Proven Winners says “If you are looking for a tough plant it’s hard to beat lantana. Lantana are heat tolerant, use little to no supplemental water in the landscape, will tolerate less than ideal soils and usually don’t need to be deadheaded. If you are looking for a plant that will thrive on neglect, lantana is the champ. Lantana come in many shapes, sizes and habits. Check size and habit information for the specific variety you are choosing to make sure it fits your needs. Lantana can be trimmed back at anytime to shape or to promote increased branching.”

Important Note: The leaves of lantana can be toxic to animals, so remind your puppies and ponies not to consume them.

"Remember Doc, the lantanas are not bananas."
remember Doc, the lantanas are not bananas