Spring Musing: Convolvulus

This convolvulus is growing on me:


It’s got a nice bushy, plump, full form. It’s evergreen. It hasn’t been watered once since we moved in 18 months ago. It has nice silvery foliage and bright white flowers that are very distinct against the foliage. It looks cheerful but not garish.

Can you make out in the photo below the way the silver and the white (it’s in the background to the right of the house) look vivid and cooling next to all the green?


The Royal Horticultural Society says you can propagate it by cuttings, which is what I’ve done. I hope they take so I can repeat it a bit along that wall next to its parent plant and define that path a bit more. At the moment it’s surrounded by some miserable looking pigface and equally miserable looking pelargonium.

When I was planting that lemon tree (you can see in the foreground of the photo above) the other day, I thought to myself, I wonder if it’s good for bugs as well? So I had a closer look and found these guys hovering around:


It’s not attracting the hive of activity that the rosemaries and flowering brassicas are but those two little guys made me happy. Are they native? I shall have to look into it.

Anyway, seems like a worthy plant for a dry spot in a beautiful edible garden – it has a good form, good colour and interesting foliage, doesn’t need much water, and attracts bees.



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