The cineraria I blogged about in early March has been blooming and gaining strength, topping now over 4 feet in height, coarse and sprawly. These two plants came from Annie’s Annuals, from the seed strain ‘Giovanni’s Select.’ One is a mid blue, the other purple. When the strong afternoon sun slants in, piercing the edge of the smoke tree’s canopy, the cineraria leaves just grazed by sunlight collapse in wilt but recover by twilight. Shade is a must. If I get any seedlings next year, I have to remember to pinch them back. No further sign of scale on the duranta. In these closeups, the cineraria resembles the diminutive brachycome daisies, but make no mistake, this is a formidable, out-sized daisy. One insistently wayward branch has been staked with rebar to keep it off the pathway.