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Verbena bonariensis - A Frigate on the Pampas
Monday, October 24, 2016

Verbena bonariensis - October 24 2016


Every once in a while my Rosemary ames to please me. With the annual that seeds itself to become a perennial, Verbena bonariensis, it goes both ways as she loves the way this 6ft tall plant with its nice little blue/purple flowers (in my present scan the flowers are disappearing to form the seed pods) will grow among other plants freely without interfering. This verbena is especially handsome growing among roses.

And of course while I do not remember the plant growing in my Argentine Pampa I can imagine it and when I see it in our garden it takes me back to country of birth.
Emily Dickinson’s often quote about the frigate from her poem:

There is no Frigate like a Book 
To take us Lands away, 
Nor any Coursers like a Page 
Of prancing Poetry –  
This Traverse may the poorest take        
Without oppress of Toll –  
How frugal is the Chariot 
That bears a Human soul.

Can certainly equally apply to plants in a garden










     

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