- The Flower Studio
- St Johns, Isle of Man, United Kingdom
- The Flower Studio opened in March 2009 in Tynwald Mills and since then we hope we have brought many smiles to people all over the Isle of Man with our designs. This blog has been set up to share some of our thoughts, designs and ideas with you all :-)
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder....
It is at times like this that the knowledge I accrued during 4 years at college studying horticulture and training with the National Trust for Scotland leaves my head completely and my mind goes blank.
You know the plant I mean... it is sometimes red, sometimes pink, sometimes white, grows everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE on the Isle of Man, in walls, rooftops, lanes, driveways, gardens and hedges, anywhere with a minute bit of soil to grab hold of and if it is concentratd in a small area such as a lane, it smells of something akin to cat wee! But I could not think of the name, so I asked this gentleman to leave it with me and I would find out.
Enter 'Google'! I typed in "red flower grows in walls on Isle of Man" and crossed my fingers...
I knew as soon as I saw the name I would recognise it and there it was... Valerian (aka Centranthus ruber)
But I guess to a visitor to our pretty Island, some of the plants in our hedgerows, such as Fuchsia, Valerian & Crocosmia are more novelty to them and it is a nice thought that they would like to take a bit of our Island home with them.