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The yellow one went to bed

The yellow one drooped

THAT doesn’t translate well into Italian, any more than fox-and-cubs, love-in-a-mist, snapdragon or traveller’s joy!

I wonder if Chokri thinks I invent these outlandish names.

Johnny-go-to-bed-at-noon has appeared in a number of guises around the place – last year I found only the purple type.

Today I found an orangey one and a lemon yellow one growing side by side.

Orange type

Orange type

It was just starting to rain and they were open. By lunchtime the yellow one had drooped, and the orange one and a purple one elsewhere were still open. I guess they got confused.

The purple one was full of water and looked like an amethyst brooch.

Purple type encrusted with an amethyst

Encrusted with an amethyst

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