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Honesty

Observed: 3rd April 2012 By: jhn7
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Description:

In the garden this looks like a weed yet in the countryside it is a garden escapee! My first Orange Tip of the year is enjoying it anyway.

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Species with which Honesty (Lunaria annua) interacts

Comments

Fenwickfield's picture

Grown

It was always grown for the penny shaped seed heads which were popular for dried flower arrangement's.

Fenwickfield

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I know - Delightful!

As a child I remember picking these and rubbing away the dirty grey covering to reveal stunning silver 'pennies' but they were always wild flowers. My Dad would 'have them out' if he found any in the garden! My you he was an old fashioned vegetable gardener with crisp rows of disciplined veg available year round. I'm sad I didn't appreciate his efforts at the time bemoaning having weeks of peas then runner beans etc.

Janet
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Fenwickfield's picture

True

If you think about it gardens were for veg as I to0 remember rows of peas and to complained about the constant consumption of runner beans each night for a month.It was only the very posh folk who had flower gardens as they had space for both.I remember my grandmother had them in her garden and used to pick them and put them in glycerine with Chinese lanterns to preserve them and that was the late 60's.I don't think we do appreciate stuff until were older.

Sheila

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You are so right!

I can imagine honesty and Chinese Lanterns looked really beautiful.

Janet
Certificate in Contemporary Science (Open)