|Echinacea purpurea 'Green Jewel' 15 July 2021|
No matter what I do on any day I am haunted by the presence of my Rosemary who is no longer with me. The garden (I cannot yet switch from saying “our garden” to “my garden”) is one of the worst (or I could say better as the memories can be pleasant). She is in every corner of it. And last year, perhaps knowing by August that she was not going to survive the year, she planted stuff in some of our rose pots (as companions) and in separate pots. Some of them she did not put any labels. There are still some plants at this date of July 15 that I cannot identify. And there is not one day in these last three months that I have not been surprised by discovering a plant I had no idea was in the garden.
Seeing it I can instantly imagine her hand placing it in the pot while being on her knees with Niño right behind her. Alone I cry. When I tell others of this I smile.
My eldest daughter, Alexandra, who lives in Lillooet finally managed to visit with me. She arrived yesterday and there are some plants she was able to identify.
The one you see here had a label.
My Rosemary had a highbrow approach to the colours of a garden. She liked greens, blues and whites. She did not like lurid colours and for many years orange and yellow were banned. She finally did accept red roses and from there she warmed to some orange and yellow.
But you might ask, “Why
would anybody like an all green flower?” I will admit that the Echinacea in
this scan is striking and just like she warmed up to oranges and yellows, this
plant, in my books is outstanding. Now this particular echinacea is not the one we had two years ago and last year. It as called Green Twister. This year I did my best to replace some of the plants that had not made it from last year. I purchased Green Jewel which I believe is almost y like Green Twister but if you check the link below you will note that the petals of Green Twister have round ends.
And so I will persist this summer to scan the plants and flowers that make the missing presence of Rosemary a presence in all the colours of the rainbow.