Sunday, December 21, 2014

Don't eat this grape!

This is one of several new plant introductions at the 2013 show: Petunia 'Glamouflage Grape' from Hort Couture. It's a lovely grape-y color, yes, but it's the variegated leaves that are attracting attention. Reminds me of a story ...

Don't eat this grape!

This is one of several new plant introductions at the 2013 show: Petunia 'Glamouflage Grape' from Hort Couture. It's a lovely grape-y color, yes, but it's the variegated leaves that are attracting attention. Reminds me of a story ...

Back in 2006, when I'd just switched over to the Inquirer's Features Department to write about gardens, a colleague who most definitely was not a gardener (and saw little value in having me write about such things instead of news) asked me, "So what are you gonna write about - petunias?" He said petunias with such derision. We were waiting for an elevator at the time, and I laughed. I'm just too darned polite sometimes.

Well, folks, I think this is the first time I've ever written about petunias, and I do so with pleasure. Mike, I doubt you're reading this but if you are, I hope you enjoy this post and picture. And may you have lots of variegated petunias in your own garden someday. They're very nice.

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
About this blog
Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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