Thursday, June 30, 2005

Blah Garden at the moment

There is not a whole lot happening in my garden right now. A few lilies are starting. By July 4, things should be looking pretty nice. I thought this area of feverfew and rose campion was nice. I especially like the green drumstick allium in the front. They will be a mauve color when they open.
Are you all familiar with feverfew? If not, it is the white flower. It reminds many of a large baby's breath. Feverfew is actually an herb (but why quibble over details?). I find it indispensable in providing relief for the eye when colors are mixed. It is very, very easy to grow. Once you plant it, you will have it for life as it readily reseeds. (Often more than you want it to, but it is easy to pull out. I pulled out about a dozen plants last night that had reseeded where I did not want them.

The top pic is a close up of rose campion (lychnis coronaria). I can't seem to get the picture on the bottom.


  1. Pretty! I have never used feverfew before. I sounds like it would be an herb too. When I first saw it, it looked like miniature mums.

  2. I just found this:
    ---Description---Feverfew (a corruption of Febrifuge, from its tonic and fever-dispelling properties) is a composite plant growing in every hedgerow, with numerous, small, daisy-like heads of yellow flowers with outer white rays, the central yellow florets being arranged on a nearly flat receptacle, not conical as in the chamomiles. The stem is finely furrowed and hairy, about 2 feet high; the leaves alternate, downy with short hairs, or nearly smooth-about 4 1/2 inches long and 2 inches broad - bipinnatifid, with serrate margins, the leaf-stalk being flattened above and convex beneath. It is not to be confounded with other wild chamomile-like allied species, which mostly have more feathery leaves and somewhat large flowers; the stem also is upright, whereas that of the true garden Chamomile is procumbent. The delicate green leaves are conspicuous even in mild winter. The whole plant has a strong and bitter smell, and is particularly disliked by bees. A double variety is cultivated in gardens for ornamental purposes, and its flower-heads are sometimes substituted for the double Chamomile.

  3. I have Achillea 'The Pearl' in my garden. It dries beautifully and is often substituted for feverfew in arrangements. It looks a lot like your pictures but there is no yellow centre and the foliage is a little different.

  4. Thanks for all the info, Dianne. It does indeed look like mini mums.Now that you mention it, I don't believe I ever do see bees on it.

    Sabine, I have 'The Pearl' also. (I think - sometimes I get these names mixed up) If memory serves me correctly, I think the blooms on mine are a lot smaller than the feverfew.

  5. That's probably true. I can't discern the size very well from the pictures.


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