“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 KJV
Four O’ Clocks hold a special charm for me similar to that of morning glories, hollyhocks, and marigolds. These are all plants I remember seeing in gardens of people that I loved. They weren’t the beautifully landscaped kind that you see in magazines, and are so popular today, although each of these flowers would do just fine in them. These gardens were simple plots with some vegetables here and a few flowers there, but much prized by their owners who also took great delight in showing them to little children a few minutes before taking them into the house, so they could help bake cookies.
Each trumpet shaped flower opens at four o’ clock in the afternoon, and closes the next morning. They come in a variety of colors, and are supposed to be fragrant. I had some growing in a container once, but I can’t remember if they were fragrant or not. I didn’t plant them in the ground, because someone once told me that they will drop so many seeds that you will have them all over the place, and once that tuberous root gets going it can be hard to dig it up.
I still haven’t ruled these flowers out. Each year I pause and think about buying a packet of seeds and giving them a try somewhere in my yard.
A word of caution: They are poisonous like so many other beautiful plants, so keep an eye on your children and pets.
“Four O’ Clocks” by Theresa Anne Moore
There is a time of day
That is enjoyed by most.
The kids come home and play
While Mother cooks a roast.
The swings are so much fun.
The tether ball is, too.
And after that is done
They’re not sure what to do.
They pitch a stone across the yard.
They readjust their socks,
And simultaneously regard
The yellow four o’ clocks.
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