Rosie of Leaves and Bloom asked me whether the garden show inspired me. Well, it did and the best thing was coming across a new plant. The stock! To many of you it could be one of the commonest plant ever but I had never seen it before and promptly fell in love with it that some of them had to come back with me!:)
Prized for its spicy scent, stock is a favorite old-fashioned English cut flower and annual (grows just one year) It forms pretty spires of blooms in white, pink, rose, lavender, red and mixes. Plants reach 15 to 36 inches tall and thrive in the cool weather of spring and autumn. Stock is valued for fragrant flowers that can be used as a fresh or dried cut flower. Justifiably popular for beds, borders, cut flowers and they also make magnificent plants for winter flowering in the cold greenhouse. Flowers early summer. A dark blue or purple dye is obtained from the flowers. The seeds are aphrodisiac, bitter, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic and tonic. An infusion has been used in the treatment of cancer and when mixed with wine it has been used as an antidote to poisonous bite. Source.
And talking about nasturtiums, the tiny re-seeders that I found beneath a pile of wood and in a pot are doing well. It’s been raining off and on for the past two days. I’m so glad that our short winter hasn’t bid us goodbye…the showers made sure of that!