If you didn’t have a sundial in your garden to tell you when it was time to eat lunch, you could just plant the right types of flowers that would let you know! Carl von Linne (also known as Linnaeus) did!
By watching for the opening and closing of the blossoms, he claimed the “clock” was accurate to within a half an hour on a sunny day. Do you think this really works? Plant some of these flowers to find out!
6 am: Spotted Cat’s Ear (opens)
7 am: African Marigold (opens)
8 am: Mouse-Ear Hawkweed (opens)
9 am: Prickly Sow Thistle (closes)
10 am: Common Nipplewort (closes)
11 am: Star-of-Bethlehem (opens)
Noon: Passion Flower (opens)
1 pm: Childing Pink (closes)
2 pm: Scarlet Pimpernel (closes)
3 pm: Hawkbit (closes)
4 pm: Small Bindweed (closes)
5 pm: White Water Lily (closes)
6 pm: Evening Primrose (opens)
[Image: Courtesy of Flickr user EmeraldDog]