Sweet sweet Kate.
A number of years ago a friend gave me a a fairly large piece of Tradescantia virginiana, one of species spiderworts. It was the usual green leaved plant with lovely deep purple flowers. It was a no nonsense plant in my garden and I looked forward to its arrival every spring. Then last summer it got lost with all the commotion and destruction of the backyard renovation and most likely died when the bobcat (the machine) was brought in to level the ground.
It was on my list to replace until I saw its cousin Sweet Kate. I have seen Kate (Tradescantia x andersoniana "Sweet Kate") a number of times in magazines and on the web but I never thought much of her. It was the leaves. They are not green they are chartreuse. Purple with lime. I just did not think much about her.
Then a sighting at a plant sale, from a distance no less. The chartreuse was what caught my eye. Smitten.