Crowning Glory and Other Curiosities

I showed an example of fasciation on Wordless Wednesday last week, in that case in a veronicastrum; today I found another example, this time in Veronica longifolium ‘Marietta’. Fasciation occurs due to abnormal activity in the growing tip of a plant, producing flattened, elongated shoots and flower heads that look like many stems compressed together. A fascinating curiosity indeed!

Have you seen a green sweet pea before? Well, when I bought my Winter Sunshine sweet peas last year on impulse I also bought a packet of Lathyrus chloranthus, a species from Asia with ‘sweet pea like’ blooms in an unusual greeny-yellow colour, sadly without a fragrance. I may or may not save seed and sow it again for next year.

Something different, although not a curiosity, is this new-to-me annual Leonorus sibirius, also bought on impulse but this time from Chiltern Seeds Edit catalogue, sown at the beginning of April, planted out two months later and flowering from mid June. Easy and quick to grow, it is proving to be a good do-er and should continue flowering till September. Growing to about 6 feet tall, it makes a great impact in a border, is apparently also good as a cut flower and will now be appearing on my seed list every year.

Also new this year is Dahlia ‘Pink Petticoats’, a flustered and dishevelled white dahlia with hints of pink – I am curious to know what she has been up to…

As well as plants new to me, there are a number of longer-termย  residents flowering for the first time this year, some of which have been mentioned already. Wordless Wednesdays’ dierama is one of them too, but now I have a monarda in bloom and a liatris about to flower too – what is it about this year that has brought so many firsts? Coincidence perhaps, but certainly a curious coincidence.

Do now pop over to Jon the Propagators blog to see if any other contributors to his Six on Saturday meme have curiosities to share too.


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17 Responses to Crowning Glory and Other Curiosities

  1. What a lovely collection ๐Ÿ˜

  2. Prue Batten says:

    I love the green sweetpeas. I think in a vase with other plants, it might look pretty good!

  3. The colour of the Monarda is lovely. The Dahlia has obviously slept in a bit too long – not quite awake and, as you say, quite disheveled! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Pauline says:

    I like the colour of your Monarda, very pretty indeed!

    • Cathy says:

      On it’s own the monarda is lovely, but sadly it’s the same colour as a nearby geranium and gets a bit lost amongst them… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Noelle M says:

    I look forward to hearing more about Leonorus sibirius, and seeing it showcased in a vase.

  6. I love Veronica but mine are also very prone to fasciation. Very pretty Dahlia!

  7. Anna says:

    An interesting and unique laythrus Cathy. I grew lathryrus sativus azureus a good few years ago now from seed which had no scent either but the most glorious blue flowers you could imagine. I saved seed and sowed it again for at least a couple of years and then forgot to save seed! The leonorus looks most intriguing – how come I didn’t see it in the catalogue?

    • Cathy says:

      Your blue sweet pea sounds lovely ๐Ÿ‘ If I save seed form this one would you like some? I bought several interesting seeds that tempted me from that Edit, but this leonorus is the star

  8. What a gorgeous dahlia!

  9. Megan Hall says:

    Interesting to see something that is so similar to a sweetpea…

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