X is for Unknown

This is my post for the letter X in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge.  My theme is plants.

There are flowers beginning with X, but I decided to have a bit of fun with this post.

When I began collecting my photos together for this challenge, I had two species in the garden, to which I could not put a name.

Plant with a name I could not remember
Plant with a name I could not remember

One I had known once, but could not find in The  Dictionary of Garden Plants in Colour.  I had even asked the followers of one of my blogs for help in identifying it.  The other was given to me by a friend, who could not provide a name for it.  It is not growing in a good position, but bravely produces one small flower each year.

Plant given me by a friend
Plant given me by a friend

My two unknowns should perhaps be x and y, but I have a good example for Y and a story to tell about it.

I had the opportunity to look through The Readers Digest encyclopedia of garden plants and flowers, where I found both my unknowns.  They are Lithospermum diffusum (Heavenly Blue) and Sisyrinchium brachyphus.

No wonder I had forgotten the one I had once known. I posted another unknown for my theme reveal post. Perhaps the comment thread has provided an answer.

There are very short posts on Sue’s Trifles for the A to Z in April Challenge.

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W is for Wallflower

This is my post for the letter W in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge.  My theme is plants.

Wallflowers are biennials.  That means that the seeds are sown one year, but no flowers appear until the following year.  For best results they are used as bedding plants, only being transplanted to their flowering position in time to bloom.

Wallflower
Wallflower

With a rather small garden and nowhere to nurse plants to maturity, our wallflowers are haphazard.  Once they have begun to flower, we leave them for years until they become so woody and unattractive that we decide to uproot them.  By that time there are some seedlings ready to produce flowers on more attractive plants.

Wallflowers will grow on poor soil.  They come in various colours: deep red, yellow and mixed colours.

There are very short posts on Sue’s Trifles for the A to Z in April Challenge.

V is for Viola

This is my post for the letter V in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge.  My theme is plants.

The viola family includes pansies and violets. Pansies are some of my favourite flowers. They are cheerful and almost seem to have faces.  According to William Shakespeare

Pansies are for thoughts.

Violas
Violas

I don’t know a great deal about the “language” of flowers, but William Shakespeare evidently did.

Pansies are able to flower at most times in the year, depending on when the seeds are planted. We find they grow best in pots, rather than having to compete with the perennials we grow in the flowerbeds.
In case you are interested in musical instruments a viola (pronounced differently) is a larger instrument than a violin. My A to Z theme in 2014 was musical instruments.

Just a thought!

There is also a character in a play  (Twelfth Night) by Shakespeare with the name Viola.

There are very short posts on Sue’s Trifles for the A to Z in April Challenge.