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.