Who would look dangerously up at planets that might look safely down at plants?
Monday, 5 July 2010
This beautiful mock-orange with solitary, pendent flowers and tiny leaves comes from the Madrid Mountains of Texas and adjacent parts of Mexico. I was given a plant a few years ago by Hugh McAllister of the University of Liverpool, as a 'species from Mexico', but had not been able to identify it - my usual source for such information, Sean Hogan, obliged yesterday. It has a very strong scent - one flower perfumes a room, but this is curiously less noticeable in the garden. It has now survived two hard winters, becoming deciduous (it would normally be semi-evergreen), but coming back into growth in late spring and flowering prolifically now.
A personal view of the world of horticulture and plants by a gardening botanist and author, living in Settrington, North Yorkshire, and working as Director of the Yorkshire Arboretum, a partnership between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Castle Howard.
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