Bridget

In flower @ Prospect Cottage.

In Animals, Gardening on April 29, 2011 at 9:44 am

Periwinkle.

Vinca major or Periwinkle as it is more commonly known is just showing it’s first flowers now. It is an old cottage garden favourite, it’s great asset is that it does well in shady areas. An old name for Periwinkle was sorcerer’s violet, at one time it was used in love charms and was believed to have the power to get rid of evil spirits. It was also made into an ointment used to treat skin inflammmations.

Cosmos are one of my fave garden flowers. I planted a full packet of seeds earlier in the Spring and they have come on well. Yesterday I planted a full trough of them, multicoloured variety. This trough was an old one from someone’s attic given a new lease of life in the garden. Last year it held Strawberries, they have been moved into the polytunnel to give some earlies.

The fab weather at the moment is bringing lots of plants into early flower although I think the Campion and Honesty pictured above are actually in season. Their colour matchedness is purely accidental. I just plant without worrying about coordination, somehow it still manages to look fine, you can’t mismatch nature!

This is Bella a few hours after she was born last year, so cute. Check yesterday’s post to see her now, still a cutie!

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