Such a pretty little flower, looking so innocent and for all the world like a deep blue forget-me-not. However, the Alkanet, has been the bane of our garden. It smothers many of our other pretty flowers. It's tap root goes down forever into the ground like thin parsnips, which snap when removing. Thus another Alkanet grows up from the breakage.
This year in an attempt to rid ourselves of this pretty flower, H has valiantly dug down with difficulty to remove the long roots. Unfortunately the leaves of the Alkanet are very similar to our beautiful Foxgloves, and I fear that he has eliminated some of those as well. I did tell him to check whether the leaves were sharp and prickly - Alkanet or soft and velvety - Foxglove, which he found difficult to do with his hands covered in soil.
What a joy it was to see that we still have some Foxgloves left in various shades of pink and cream.
The Dracunulus Vulgaris has flower buds 40cms long
with big robust stems
three flowers are on their way.
There is a story connected to this ornamental rhubarb. H was in the garden last year picking rhubarb to poach. I made a crumble with it but it tasted decidedly different. When I questioned him, I suddenly realised that he had cooked the wrong rhubarb!!!
I share a liking, along with my blogging friend Loi for putting geraniums with variegated leaves together.