Thursday, July 15, 2021

No, it is not Pot! (Or Weed, Dope, Mary Jane...)

It is Garden Blogger's Bloom Day again! On the 15th of each month, we gardeners with blogs share a few bloom photos from our gardens.

Here in the Mid-Atlantic USA (USDA zone 7) on the DC-MD border, the past month has been HOT and for the past week the promised rains have gone just north or just south. It is so frustrating when we get in that pattern. I hope that we get a break from it this weekend. 

For this month's Bloom Day. I thought I'd share a pic of one of my favorite small trees/large shrubs in bloom:

This is Vitex. I have two of them. One in a container inside my yard, the other I planted in my sidewalk median to test it out in that very tough spot.

While reading in my gazebo today, I heard a passerby gasp and say, "Is that marijuana?" This is not the first time I've heard this observation. No, it is not weed. Don't try to smoke it! Unless you want some very disappointing side effects

To me, it looks nothing like Cannabis -- and certainly not in July when it is in bloom! Maybe it is wishful thinking on their part, but if I WERE to be growing Mary Jane in my garden, it wouldn't be out in my sidewalk median aka hellstrip! 

It probably doesn't help that a medical marijuana dispensary is less than two blocks away from my house! Maybe they just have Mary Jane on the brain?

In the rest of the garden today, I have blooming: Abelia, Kniphofia, Agapanthus, Hydrangea, Echinaciea, Black-eyed Susan, Monarda, Daylilies, and many annuals!

For more about Vitex, see the cover story of the August 2017 issue of Washington Gardener Magazine. 

Be sure to follow @WDCgardener on Instagram for daily pics of what is blooming in the garden and area gardens that I visit.

So what is blooming today in YOUR garden?


  1. You're right, it looks nothing like cannabis! What a strange question! "Maybe they just have Mary Jane on the brain?" That's funny! Maybe they had Mary Jane IN their brain, walking home from the dispensary. It's legal here, recreational and medical, but I can't take the smell of the smoke. I had to come in out of the garden just today because the next door neighbor was smoking. I guess it helps his stroke symptoms. I know the lotion helped someone I know with nerve pain on her back.

    1. I agree with you, Lisa, that the smell is offensive and I am sensitive to any kind of smoking (vaping, tobacco, etc.) nearby - it sure makes being outside in your own garden not-so-fun :-(. Maybe your neighbor can switch to gummies/edibles?

  2. I have never seen this flower before. It's really nice and your flower pot is cute. Nice to here that you've blooming so many flowers. I am very much interested to do gardening. I did before but I couldn't able to bloom the flower. Could you give me some tips about it?

    1. Thank you, Zubida, what region do you live in? That can help guide what kind of flowers I would recommend for you to grow and how to grow them.

  3. Lovely bloom from a very tough plant.

    1. Thanks, Yvonne, indeed this plant has put up with a great deal of abuse and neglect in my garden and keeps on blooming away.

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