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The flowers of July

Our summer herbarium looks increasingly outlandish, thanks to the flowering of a few blooms that might have come from another galaxy...

July flowers in the Missonis’ Sumirago garden have a space-like air to them, like creatures from another galaxy that chose to take root on Earth and cannot help but stand out.

Take the trumpet creeper (campsis radicans), a climbing vine that grows on any soil and can reach up to 10 metres. Or the persicaria, with its long, thin deep pink flowers, and the giant oenothera, which grows as tall as a ten-year-old child and is, in fact, an invasive genus. And the silene, with its bulbous pink blooms, calls to mind a thin, fragile, alien creature.

More reassuringly familiar is the platicodon, with its star-shaped purple flowers, and the sweet pea (lathyrus odoratus), which is so often used in bridal bouquets and is said to mean “pleasure” in the secret language of courting couples.

Finally, we have the escallonia, a delicate shrub that requires a lot of care during the winter in order to survive low temperatures. And in that, it’s a lot like humans.

 

See previous flowerings:

September
October
November
December
January
February
March
April
May
June

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