Sundial Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Voorheesville, NY
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Question by Vvcrazy2
January 30, 1998
Do you have any information on planting a flower sundial, where the flowers are planted according to what time of day they open, so that the blooming progresses around the circle throughout the day?

Answer from NGA
January 30, 1998
I found a similar flower sundial in a book called Sunflower Houses by Sharon Lovejoy, which has delightful suggestions for kids' gardens. Her clock consists of flowers planted in a circle. The flowers and their approximate bloom times are as follows: 2 a.m.: convolvulus; 3 a.m.: Egyptian waterlily and goatsbeard; 4 a.m.: spiderwort, flax; 5 a.m.: chicory; 6 a.m.: morning glory, day lily, iceland poppy, cape marigold; 7 a.m.: African marigold, madwort, St. Bernard lily, white water lily; 8 a.m.: scarlet pimpernel, fringed pinks; 9 a.m.: marigold, tulip, ice plant, pink sandwort, mallow, moss rose, and gazania; 10 a.m.: California poppy, golden star; 11 a.m.: Star-of-Bethlehem, passion flower, sweet pea; 12 noon: goatsbeard, wild daisy; 3 p.m.: Vesper iris; 4 p.m.: four-o'clock; 5 p.m.: evening primrose, jimson weed; 6 p.m.: honeysuckle, moonflower (takes couple of hours to fully open); 7 p.m.: evening campion, sweet white nicotiana; 8 p.m.: night-scented stock; 9 p.m.: sweet rocket, postage-stamp plant; 10 p.m. to midnight: night-blooming cereus.

I hope you can give this sundial garden a try, although you might have to go without sleeping to fully appreciate it!

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