What a nice surprise in my garden this year is a plant called Fur Balls by Thompson and Morgan from their Kew Collection. There is a lovely caterpillar making his home there just now. What kind of butterfly is he going to be? If no one knows, then I’ll look it up. More fun if you tell me.
The blooms on my Fur Ball bush are so elegant that it’s a surprise to see this shrub produce wacky lime green fur balls. My header is dedicated to the whole event. I was inspired by this bit of Dr Seuss mentality and created a whole new design. I’ll add fur balls to my sidebar later. These sorts of unusual plants are just down right fun to grow in the garden. This would be a good time to have grandkids.
The package says they make a good border plant and grow to 48″. Mine are well over 6 feet tall?? How did that happen. That is a far stretch don’t you think? All I can say is mushroom compost and maybe a new organic soy mix I’m testing for a company here in NC. That Fur Ball plant did have a gang of red aphids camping out on it but after one dose of the soy spray they are gone. I know that soy can directly affect a plants hormones so I wonder if the spray gave my plant the ok to keep growing cause—it’s still growing. Pretty soon there will be fur balls for everyone.
The fur balls make an excellent addition to flower arrangements. Wouldn’t they be pretty in an Autumn wedding? I found them easy to grow. I started them in Dixie cups way back in Spring and then transplanted to the garden. They get sun to about 2 o’clock and then shade after that. The soil is well drained but moist. I also grew them in a very dry spot and they did well too.
If you google Gomphocarpus physocarpus, you’ll only get one source and that is Thompson and Morgan Seeds. I was trying to find their hardiness zone. I will be growing these again next year as I doubt they are hardy in my zone 7 garden. The growth habit reminds me of bamboo. Sounds cool rustling in the breeze.
1 packet (30 seeds) @ $2.65
Catalog Code: 4230
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