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A success story

A success story

Of all the seeds we ordered from Britain and tried to grow here, love-in-a-mist has probably been the biggest success story.

Some of our experiments were miserable failures.

The poached egg flowers took one look at the Italian sun before turning up their toes, and the zinnias gave us a wonderful display for a year and then no more. The nasturtiums staggered on for a couple of years and then disappeared.

But our love-in-a-mist is almost a weed.

After overtaking the anaemic white strain, this beautiful shade of blue has become the majority colour and it floods the flower beds like a tide.

It crowds under the roses so that we have to pull it out by the handful, and flops over in the rain or where the dogs have made inroads.

At the end of summer, its seeds lie so thickly on the paths where they’ve fallen that you can gather them up with a dustpan and brush.

I remarked to Chokri about how just a very few plants have made it big here while others failed despite our efforts.

“You took too good care of them,” he said. “When you just throw them about, this is what happens!”

  1. May 22, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Such a Lovely Weed it is!

    • May 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      Yes, isn’t it? I’ve seen the odd specimen here growing wild, which probably accounts for why it’s so successful, but these were certainly imported as seeds and planted out as seedlings by our own fair hands!

      • May 23, 2013 at 4:23 pm

        🙂 how true I plant sunflower seed the wildlife digs them up and I scatter them out for them to eat and now I have tons of plants all over the yard that will get mowed down!

      • May 23, 2013 at 7:34 pm

        I’m responding to ‘What I see from my back porch’ in today’s blog post – you can see the love-in-a-mist in context!

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