Day 144: perennial honesty

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


Once again in the company of that honourable cabbage – for the final time this spring, I promise. The perennial form of honesty, Lunaria rediviva has a distinct advantage over its biennial relative in that you don’t need to have first-year plants lurking around doing precious little, like bored teenagers hanging about at the back of your borders. The flowers are pale lilac (or white) rather than deep mauve (or white), and the seed pods are long and tapering, bearing no resemblance in form to the moon, unless it’s a moon that someone’s sat on. I think they’re rather elegant, though if you catch me in a less than charitable moment I might describe them as looking a bit like mange-tout peas. 

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