Lovely lily of the valley

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Lily of the valley

Sometimes the simplest plants are the loveliest. I have a patch of lily of the valley under the camellia in the front garden and it never fails to delight. It is unassuming in the garden – quite a lot of leaf to a small flower. But pick a few of the strangely wiry stems and you’ve got one of the loveliest Spring posies possible.

The little white bells are so perfect…and the scent! I drove down to my parents this weekend and brought my mother a little bunch. The car was heady with their scent.

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Lily of the valley

 

 

 

 

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Regal splendour – gold and silver laced polyanthus

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Silver laced polyanthus

Sometimes a plant suits being kept simple. And I think you appreciate the beauty of these gold and silver laced polyanthus best when there’s just a stem or two in a vase by your bed.

I bought two plants this year, one gold laced and one silver. Wild primroses do really well in my garden so I’m hoping these thrive and multiply in the same way, though I’ve heard these laced polyanthus can be more tender and harder to establish.

The one I’ve picked in these photographs is the silver laced one. I can’t quite decide which one I prefer but both plants look like they should be adorning a Tudor cloak.

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Silver laced polyanthus

A very pink posy

imageThis is a very pink posy!! I think it is just saved from looking sickly by the refreshingly acid lime green spurge.

It really isn’t us to new stems cut short and plonked in a jam jar. The three camellias first – their wood stems and foliage then supported the two tulips and three stems of euphorbia.

I cut the the euphorbia carefully and  did steer their stems to try and reduce the ooze of white sap – I’ve not suffered a reaction to this sap yet but don’t want to risk it as I have heard it is unpleasant. But I wouldn’t be without this euphorbia, or common wood spurge, in the garden in spring. It’s a lovely foil to many flowers, making reds, blues and even pinks like this sing.

It is a bit invasive though and I must dig up some of the patch this year to slow it down a bit.