Through the wonder of encoded DNA, the Hardenbergia always knows it’s time to bloom. Don’t you just love nature?
It’s a lush vine most of the year, with glossy green leaves. The vines twist like rope, braiding themselves around the trellis. It’s easy to forget it’s there. Then year after year, when February rolls around, tiny purple clusters begin to form. It’s subtle at first, with just the hint of lavender. Within a week, it’s like time-lapse photography. Brilliant purple flowers cluster at the tips of the vines, putting on a show that last two weeks.
Then, as quickly as they appear, it’s over. I find myself searching for the last few clusters here and there, until they really are gone.
The vine, pictured below, grows against the fence outside my laundry room. If you’re going to do laundry, I can’t think of better company.