Day 68: Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii

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For years I put up with an inferior euphorbia. Don’t ask me why. I’d meant to plant Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii – I had planted it, as often as I could, for other people, and gazed longingly in these gardens at its sinuous stems, glaucous leaves and glorious chartreuse flowers that smell – rather surprisingly – of fresh ground coffee. Somehow I’d managed to plant something different for myself. Thankfully wulfenii seeds about like a stinker, grows none too slowly, and doesn’t mind being moved about, so last autumn I moved the offending relative and popped a seedling in its place. All is right with the world – at least, in this corner.


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