Day 10: eryngium

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Our second spiny customer this week, the sea holly, Eryngium giganteum, whose flowering stems possess presence in the garden even in the depths of winter. Their mysterious appearance following visits by influential horticulturalist (and surreptitious seed sower) Ellen Willmot explains the nickname ‘Miss Willmotts ghost’, but more ghostly still are the remains of her house and garden at Warley Place, now sadly a distant memory etched into land looked after by the Essex Wildlife Trust.

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