Saturday, July 19, 2008


I was sent a seed of this spectacular plant some years ago. It seems perfectly happy here outside - in a moderately sheltered corner.
The stems and leaves are completely flat - as though they had been crushed by a vast roller. In July it is covered with masses of violet pea-like flowers. It has reached about 5'and I just love it!

Sunday, July 06, 2008


The elegant shape of the flowers gives them a style that puts them head and shoulders above the 'dinner plate' hybrids. They seem easy enough to grow - given enough moisture. I grow them from seed, which is a laborious process, but worth the effort.