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In the garden: The Cardinal Climbers flower!

The very first one!

I almost didn't notice this one, and in fact was about to take a picture showing there were no flowers, and then complain or fret about it!

So I hope there are a lot of blooms before first frost (50/50 by October 7, but who knows? We could get lucky! Or not. Old Farmer's Almanac says "colder than normal."

I would imagine the first blossom to flower was at the bottom of the plant because that's the oldest and most mature part of the plant. But isn't that like the reverse of apical dominance? Or do different species of plant have different theories about when and how they flower?

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