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Oranges, Lemons,And Green Gifts

Posted May 28 2009 12:18am
In bloom today plants that have been given to me from people I know.The Butterfly Flower came from matchstick seeds from Fran.I love these Chilean flowers with their harlequin faces, and orchid-ish looks.These have surpassed my expectations with their flowering.I thought the glued seeds would not germinate well, but they did.

My birthday present from Cat.The superb Apricot coloured Lady Emma Hamilton rose, still in bloom.The flowers smell gorgeous, and the fragrance actually alters as the Rose bloom ages.I can smell oranges and lemons, and honey too.Good looks and great scent.What a present!

The Garden today showing the path to the Rose bench.The bottom left planter has seeds given to me by Hils.A lot of my plants have come from Hilarys greenhouse, and the plant stall in Walton.

The left hand border with Ageratum and Busy Lizzies, Geraniums, Calendulas, French Marigolds, Cerinthes, Roses, Camellia, mixed grasses.. overlooked by the Viburnum Tinus in the top right hand corner.The red flowering Crocosmia add some summer heat to the border.

A Calendula from Cheltenham.I found these plants in Mums border, still self seeding away.I love the warm colours of these plants, and the claw like seed head that can lie dormant in the soil for years.She hated them but I always tried to replant them in new displays.They do not take kindly to being moved from their chosen spot.I dug the whole root ball up and moved them to Yorkshire..

More Calendulas, these are from Cats garden.I took some dried seeds and plant a Z shaped line.Only two lots have come out this year.I like the two tone effect of a deep orange and a lemon yellow.When Cat moves to a new house I can give her some Calendula seeds to grow again.
All the plants we collect and are given have stories, and makes us more connected to where we grow them.Keep sakes, pass alongs, and gifts keep the garden full of stories, and the plants full of personality.
More posts after my long day tomorrow.Sigh, back to work...
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