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-term 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.