The first are chosen, old favourites, such as the heliotrope below.... Sweet smelling, butterflies and bees love it but will it grow up here in Yorkshire?
|Heliotrope - heliotropium Peruviana|
"A sweet-scented plant which is called Heliotrope because it follows the course of the sun. After opening it gradually turns from the east to the west and during the night turns again to the east to meet the rising sun. The Ancients recognized this characteristic of the plant and applied it to mythology."
The next, is mignonette, not chosen for its beauty but scent, I often get these two mixed up but scent is a theme this year. I mean to underplant the roses with lavender which will be quite a big job.
|Mignonette - Resda Odorata|
There are three packets of nasturtiums, I love their bright colour all around the garden, so easy to grow just slip the seed into the soil and their bright oranges, yellows and dark red dance at your feet.
There is sweet rocket, Dame's violet or hesperis matronlis. considered a weed species in some American states, but again a sweet smell, though it is a biennal it can live as a short-lived perennial.
Lastly there is Clary Sage, just for the colour of their bracts, and apparently if you send off for its essential oils, you will save your teeth and hair plus a number of other things it is good for - never knew that!
What I have fallen in love with this morning is a fish painting by Jackie Morris, though the price is a bit steep!
We have a temple screen painting in the sitting room of carp. Fish are lucky in Japan, and here the screen would have been in front of the door of the temple keeping evil spirits at bay. at least that is what I like to think Paul may tell me different.
Here is a fishy painting repaired everything in life has a story.....