Flower Therapy

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Tonight I am greatly in need of a happy pill. The best I can muster from the depths of the medicine cabinet is a dusty asprin and some anti-acid tablets, so as an alternative I am resorting to the best therapy of all, looking at flowers. Even as a toddler I contented myself for hours looking at brightly-coloured seed catalogues and this primitive remedy still works wonders for me to this day.

Helleborus x hybridus 'Bosvigo Doubles' (Strawberry Parfait) gives me strength
Just looking at Helleborus x hybridus ‘Bosvigo Doubles’ (Strawberry Parfait) lifts my spirits

Wine glass in hand (a nicely chilled Viognier being the second best therapy I know of) I am thumbing through the spring editions of the Chiltern Seeds and Seeds of Distinction catalogues, lapping up the silky deliciousness of their varnished pages. How far these publications have come in recent years: no longer the garish tack-fests that one still receives from Messrs Parker, but filled with carefully colour-coordinated images that wouldn’t look out of place on the walls of a gallery. Look at this mouthwatering shot of Centaurea americana ‘Aloha Blanca’ and tell me you are not sorely tempted.

chiltern seeds
A sneeky preview of what’s to come from Chiltern Seeds

After bulbs and fancy shirts, seeds are probably my greatest vice. That’s the rock-and-roll life I lead. Fuelled by wine and bankrolled by my credit card I am known to be pretty dangerous, hence tonight, at my most vulnerable, I am keeping both hands occupied by typing this post. But I will succumb before spring to those luscious little postage stamps of colour that are viagra for my soul. Tequila, it makes some people happy, but for me I need nothing more than good old-fashioned flowers.

Lupins in the Great Pavilion, Chelsea 2014
Gaudy? Yes, but lupins are guaranteed to lift my mood from sombre to sunny

Categories: Bulbs, Flowers, Musings

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14 comments On "Flower Therapy"

  1. That’s what I was looking at this morning over breakfast, the first of the seed catalogues. However it was not nearly as lovely to look at as that. Wow, I would love to get my hands on that one.

  2. Lovely blog-article tonight (I like them all though!) – I can follow you so much in what you say – sometimes we feel down, yet there are a few things to give consolation: A nice book (ideally a gardening book on the species of the day, or a mouthwatering catalogue, a glass of wine or two, some nice company)
    Over here (Southwestern Germany, close to France) we are doing the last plantings – we have a piece of land outside of the city, where we built a little cottage and grow all sorts of things that happily survive. As we are not there everyday, the plants need to stand a minor (or major) drought (which we have often these years, mainly in spring and summer now). Also the soil is challenging – limey soil on a south facing slope, baking brickhard in summer (We ought to grow wine). Good for many bulbs, lavenders, peonies. But I never can grow the fragile things I admire in the British gardens…
    Just ordered a few plants of Dictamnus albus albiflorus – these guys do well here, given I can protect the from the greedy slugs (gourmands they are)…
    Have a lovely evening,


    1. Thank you Uli, I’m glad to have struck a chord! It sounds interesting gardening where you are – the continental climate is so different to our frequently damp, wet, mild weather. However limey soil and slugs I can sympathise with. Your comment alone has really cheered me up. Have a lovely evening too. Dan

  3. I hope your spirits are lifted Dan, its harder in the Autumn and Winter to get a flower fix but Chilterns catalogue is gorgeous and inspiring – they seem to be in a league of its own. I have been considering flower choices for a Cutting garden and found planning for next season has been uplifting, I quite fancy the Centaurea!

  4. Pour another glass of wine, and look at some of your reader comments. Now picture us all gathered somewhere and we’re having a fantastic conversation about these beautiful plants. Maybe we could swap some of our favorites? Wouldn’t that be fun? Have a good evening.

  5. Mmmmm, know how you feel. There is nothing like a dark Hebridean morning with the wind howling and heavy grey skies to dampen the spirits. Not even a brisk blustery walk along the beach today and lovely catalogues are hidden until I’ve finished the domestic chores. However a quick dip into the world of my favourite blogs normally raises the spirits.

  6. Sorry, late on parade again! Hope you are feeling chipper again, if not here is my best (only) joke Me: “What do you call a donkey with only three legs” You: “I have no idea Gill” Me: “Wonkey! ha ha ha ha ha ha ha” 🙂

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