The trimezia and I are like old pals. We go back a long way. When I was just nine, there was a trimezia growing by the drain outside the house. To me, it held all the beauty of a tulip. So each time it bloomed, I would pick the flower. Somehow, when we renovated the house and shifted the driveway, the trimezia disappeared, probably buried under half a ton of cement.
Imagine my glee when I came across a host of them in the highlands just beside a pathway leading to a golf course. And what a visual treat that was – dozens of small buttercup yellow tulip-miniatures! No prizes for guessing what happened next.
So today, the trimezia has a permanent home in the garden. And I am more careful now. I let the flowers set seeds …
The torenia needs no introduction. I bought pots of them many many years ago and they have given me years of joy with their piquant beauty. A trimezia is never just purple or pink or white … not with its trademark blotches that nature has so generously splashed on it.
Am I glad that the torenia self-seeds easily! It can be found in every nook and corner of the garden today. I love it when I dig around the flower beds and chance upon the cheeky face of a torenia grinning up at me.
Care and Propagation: well-drained soil; water generously; dappled shade to full sun; propagate using seeds