Sometimes a plant becomes
personal. The chrysanthemum weed springs immediately into the
In some English gardens there is Ground
Elder, which at
least has a refreshing taste, and which I always used to think was good
for hangover. There are grasses too that become dictatorial in their
habits. And here in Kentucky there is a prince of the English southern
aspect, called Honeysuckle, that has been certified a menace.
As well there is a plant from East Asia
which has a fruit high in pectin. Its flower has a color that ranks
beautiful in my mind. And this year we have seen it bloom.
How quickly a plant falls from favor. When some see quince they
think of jam making. When others see quince they can be heard to
dismiss its bloom as short lived, and it's ornamental worth too
Then there is
Viper's Bugloss. A name to summon courage and a plant to lie next to
on a slow summer hillside.