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Virginia stock

There was no planter on the windowsill where Clive leaned out on our return from Germany. Just as well – he might have put his elbows in it.

But a lot of the downstairs windowsills do have them.

They’ve housed a number of different plants over the years: strawberries (still going on), zinnias, ragged robin, red campion, snapdragons, forgetmenots, chickweed, baby oak trees (from sprouted acorns), etc etc.

But the plant that keeps going, and recolonises after all else has turned to dust and ashes, is Virginia stock.

Virginia stock on the windowsill

It has a very long flowering period and is a lovely mix of delicate colours. There’s little scent unlike scented stock, but then it hardly needs any more virtues.

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