In the back garden, the bowl of Freesias that I was given by friend Celia for my birthday, have been flowering their socks off and perfuming the garden for weeks now.
Each time I walk past them, they stop me in my tracks.
I just wish you could smell them.
The yellow inside the flowers links up with the alpine to the left of it and the santolina that I have nestled the bowl into.
Quite a few people commented on my last post when they first saw it, that they couldn’t find a golden santolina in their books.
This made me wonder, had I got it wrong, maybe it wasn’t a santolina after all. Out came my books, and no, I couldn’t find one anywhere either.
This morning I Googled Golden Santolina, after wading through all the sites for Golden Retriever dogs, I found it on Annie’s website in America www.anniesannuals.com.
It turns out it is Santolina virens Lemon Fizz. If anyone would like it and can’t find it locally, I will willingly take cuttings and send them, just let me know.
So there we are, mystery solved. I have no idea where I got it from, probably from a plant fair run by Plant Heritage ( formerly NCCPG). It does tend to revert to green, so each year I cut quite a lot back while giving it its annual haircut. I have never grown freesias before, but now I am determined to try some more, come the autumn where they will be kept in the conservatory over the winter. Thanks Celia for these lovely red ones, my birthday present will hopefully flower for years to come!