As some of you may have read in Patricia’s last post I recently stumbled upon a treasure trove of Echium candicans at Garden Fever. I was just walking along admiring the flowers and other offerings when bam! I’m suddenly confronted with beautiful variegation, what’s a gardener to do?
Echium candicans 'Star of Madeira'

Since these beauties are only hardy to USDA Zone 9 they’re typically annuals in this part of the world.
Star of Madeira

But what an addition they make to the summer garden! Even if they never bloom (and it’s pretty much a given that they won’t) they’re still worth the price…especially when it’s only $3.99.
Echium candicans 'Star of Madeira' 2013

But the thing is I wasn’t going to plant them this year. I’d already made up my mind I wasn’t and had purchased something else to go in the spot usually reserved for a flashy, fast growing, tender plant. So what was I doing picking them up and putting them in my cart???

And then there were these…
normal variegation

‘Death Star’ — I’ve never seen them before…and with that green-on-green foliage I adore.
Death Star

Yes you’re right. I grabbed one of those too — I’m hopeless!
why be normal

My haul…
my haul

So this where you comment and make me feel better (please!). I’m not alone right? You would have done the same thing right? Right?