Friday, 10 June 2011
After seeing the sun shining beautifully through a purple leaved plant, I thought I would show you the purpleness that is going on in my garden at the moment.
This is Red Orache (but it is purple) and is a vegetable apparently, but I got it as seed from a plant growing in the pavement and grow it just because I like the colour. I must have a taste sometime.
Three different Geraniums
This next one I found as a single flower stalk in an area of our land which was once used for pigs many, many years ago (not by us) and had long been overgrown (it's where our little woodland is now). I'd never seen the like of it before and thought it was either very rare or a new discovery! This was at a time before we had a computer so I decided to ask at the museum if they could find something out about it. We didn't have a digital camera then and I didn't want to pick it, because no doubt the high ups of the Scientific/Horticultural world would want to come and see it in situ when they found out about it! :0) So I drew a (very accurate I must say) picture of it and took it to the museum.
Anyway I got a letter back saying it was actually a bulb native to Greece related to the Grape Hyacinth. So I didn't get the fame I was hoping for but it was interesting wondering how it could possibly have got here.
I dug it up and planted it in the garden. It's multiplied and is now in several areas of the garden. It's an incredibly bright purple!
It's been flowering for weeks and weeks but always just has the top flowers open as it grows taller.
I've got short and tall Campanulas which aren't as prolific this year as they have been because I've been moving them about. Behind the tall one is a purple leaved Hazel bush.
A purple leaved Elder
and just for a change a red Poppy with some orache behind