Wednesday August 12, 2020

Gardening: A lust for growth

From Begonia ‘Red Undies’ to Salvia ‘Hot lips’ and Hosta ‘Striptease, it’s time to get dirty in the garden this Valentine’s Day

8th February, 2015
Orchid Epicattleya El Hatillo 'Pinta. All pictures: Ali Rochford

What is true love? According to Marlene Dietrich, in her book Marlene Dietrich’s ABC: “It’s a flower: Trillium erectum.” She is, of course, referring to the North American woodland plant with deep red flowers also known as wake robin, Indian shamrock or American true love. However, many other plants also have associations with love, apart from the ever-popular red rose.

The themes of love, lust, and loyalty are all...

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