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The people of the Middle Ages and Victorian Era were both known for their passion for gardening. One of the most whimsical efforts to result from that passion was the clock garden. The diligent gardener knows that plants have ways of self-regulating leaves and flowers.

Some plants have blossoms that are only open by day or night. Others open and close during specific time periods, depending on the weather or season. Others still, a group of plants called Aequinoctales, open at more pinpoint times no matter the conditions. This last group is the one most frequently used for a traditional clock garden.

To make your own clock garden the first step is to see where the sun is (generally) at noon in your location. Using that as a starting point, lay out a circle with 12 pie slice portions. Between each hour‚ segment, you can add stone, brick, or any other decorative touches desired to denote the change in time. A lot of gardeners seem to like placing a sundial in the center of the clock too ‚ a rather charming addition!

Here’s a list of some of the plants by hours:

2 am ‚ night blooming cereus (close)
5 am ‚ morning glories open
6 am ‚ cat nip opens
7 am ‚ dandelions and African marigold open
8 am ‚ African daisies open
9 am ‚ Field marigold open, California poppy
10 am ‚ poppy opens, blue pimpernel, zucchini
11 am ‚ star of Bethlehem opens, sunflower opens
Noon ‚ passionflower opens, morning glory closes
1 pm ‚ pinks close, ice plant opens
2 pm ‚ scarlet pimpernel closes, apple of Peru opens
3 pm ‚ day jasmine opens, rock pink opens
4 pm ‚ four-o‚clocks open, poppy closes
5 pm ‚ water lily closes, cupids dart opens
6 pm ‚ evening primrose and moonflowers open
8 pm ‚ day lilies and dandelions close
9 pm ‚ flowering tobacco opens
12 pm ‚ night blooming jasmine opens

As with any garden, take your time and flesh out the design, making sure that the plants you sew will fare well in your geographic location and according to your soil types. Put down a properly blended fertilizer and protect your foliage from unwanted weed intrusions using landscaping fabric. Then sit back and wait for tea time to blossom!


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