This summer, I found a tiny vine and decided to buy it. I thought it would be a blue version of the Black-Eyed Susan vine. I had never seen one before, so was curious about it. Throughout the summer, it twined and twisted without ever putting out a bloom.
Last week, as I was watering the vine, (it has resided indoors since late September) I saw some buds. Every day I have been checking to see if it is in bloom. Today it appeared.
As the picture shows, it isn’t much like its black-eyed Susan counterpart. I’ve discovered that this vine, called a Bengal Clock Vine is Thunbergia grandiflora while the Black-Eyed Susan Vine is Thunbergia alata. So I have learned something new.
I’m hoping that this vine can survive the winter indoors. So far it is doing well, but there are many months left until I can haul it back outside. With the temperatures hovering around -15c this morning, it is quite miraculous to have this lovely bloom brightening my life!