Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Malope trifida ‘Vulcan’

 
An annual mallow, seen flowering in the Pillar Garden. This began flowering long ago on those hazy days back in July, and is still giving a jolly old show of it even now as autumn creeps in from stage left with a piece of lead piping! It will reduce to mush as the temperatures fall away, but will self-seed gently and re-appear next year for more delight. The colour is striking, and does combine well with those bright orange lilies such as the majestic L. henryi, a clump of which is drifted nearby.

These delightful petals are actually edible, although not as tasty as Hemerocallis

6 comments:

Prue said...

I didn't know you could eat Hemerocallis petals?
You'd better watch out Bertie...I'll blame any teeth marks in Hidcote flowers on you ;)

DD said...

Really Like this plant. We have a mallow in our garden, but it's nowhere near as lovely as this one!

Janet said...

The orange cosmos is a brilliant zing of colour in among the lavender. Certainly much more interesting than shades of pink cosmos that we grow.
Can I tell you how much I dislike inulas (good herbaceous country house borders always have them). We have one and it's still sitting in a pot..
Is the eucomis in a pot or in the border? We had three pots for eight years and lost all of them last winter. Very sad.

David Marsden said...

Hi Bertie, I love this plant. Grew it from seed last year, having seen it in Sarah Raven's garden. It put on a great, long show. But I forgot to collect or buy any more seed and so hoped (against hope) that it would self seed and ..... it didn't. Will have to buy some next year. Thanks for the reminder.

Dave

Bertie Bainbridge said...

Prue yes they’re peppery to taste but then with a lovely sweetness as you eat through the base of the flower. Makes dead-heading more interesting!

Hi DD!

Janet that is sad news! These chaps are planted in the border.

Hi David! Good luck with them next year, hopefully they'll 'take'!

Bertie Bainbridge said...

Hmmm.. Janet we've spread the Eucomis discussion onto a different post...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...