My kind of retail therapy…

Pots of petunias, 2012

Some of my pots of flowers, 2012,  Calibrachoa are the small pink flowers with a black eye at the bottom of the photo.

Yesterday, to cheer myself up, I ordered some of the plants I will put in containers and pots this spring.  Oodles of various shades of yellow Petunias and Calibrachoa. These yellow flowers are only a partial order.  I fill dozens of pots with plants every year.  I like annuals among the perennials because I can change  the color scheme. Lately, I’ve been very fond of yellow.

Below, what Wiki says:

Calibrachoa is a genus of plants in the Solanaceae (nightshade) family found across much the same region of South America as petunias, from southern Brazil across to Peru and Chile, inhabiting scrub and open grassland.

Petunia is genus of 35 species of flowering plants of South American origin, closely related to tobacco, cape gooseberries, tomatoes, deadly nightshades, potatoes and chili peppers; in the family Solanaceae.

The popular flower of the same name derived its epithet from the French, which took the word petun, meaning “tobacco,” from a Tupi–Guarani language. 

 Solanaceae, or nightshades, are an economically important family of flowering plants. The family ranges from annual and perennial herbs to vines, lianas, epiphytes, shrubs, and trees, and includes a number of important agricultural crops, medicinal plants, spices, weeds, and ornamentals. Many members of the family contain potent alkaloids, and some are highly toxic, but many cultures eat nightshades, in some cases as staple foods. 

The family has a worldwide distribution, being present on all continents except Antarctica. The greatest diversity in species is found in South America and Central America.

Now you can amaze your friends by telling them petunias as well as tomatoes are related to nightshade and tobacco.

16 thoughts on “My kind of retail therapy…

  1. A handsome array of plants for your garden, and some interesting information. I’m glad spring is somewhere. We still have about a foot of snow everywhere except over the septic tank.


  2. Your photo makes me ache for spring! Didn’t know abt. tobacco and tomatoes. Maybe that explains the slightly smokey taste of the red … fruit or vegetable, which is it? P. S. Lake Pontchartrain, right? That’s what I said in my latest post, anyway.


  3. You have inspired me to think about my garden and begin getting ready. I noticed today a few bright green stems peeking through the wet, soggy soil. Spring will come this year!


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