With this long period of warmth and sunshine, intermittent days of rain but very few cold days, all sort of plants have become the most magnificent specimens. A particular favourite of mine is the hydrangea; there is such a variety of colours and of different flower heads, big petals, small petals, tiny petals, different shapes, just wonderful. I know I was complaining a little while ago about the climbing hydrangea in our garden which has just gone absolutely mad – and never flowers, but we do have two other bushes which are perfectly well behaved.
Another awesome plant is the agapanthus and several times I’ve admired them, commenting to the owner how absolutely lovely they are and that they were a favourite emblem of the Ancient Greeks and you can see them on Greek ruins, on the tops of columns and in friezes along the walls. Every time I saw them or spoke about them I remembered my friend Frankie who had a magnificent specimen in her lovely garden and she was the one who told me the name and about the Greek architectural connection.
This afternoon I was really delighted that Frankie video called me and we had a great chat and catch up. She ‘showed’ me round her garden, still lovely and I mentioned how wonderful plants in general were at the moment particularly hydrangea and agapanthus. I commented that her specimen was the first I’d ever seen and thought of her every time I saw one. She looked puzzled and said she wasn’t sure what one was… hmm, puzzling… I described it to her, and guess what? Her magnificent plant was in fact an acanthus!
Far from being lovely the acanthus, though gorgeous to look at was absolutely evil and took over the garden and was almost impossible to get rid of!! She had spent a whole summer several years ago trying to grub it out! We did chuckle and I did feel a tiny bit of an idiot!! Now I have to find out what an acanthus looks like because I really can’t remember!
My featured image is an agapanthus growing in another friend’s garden!
Frankie Partridge is a very talented artist, and here is a link to her work: