Posted: 13/06/2013 at 20:26
John H: thank you for putting the question about James Grieve. I know now to build up calcium in the soil for next year even if (I assume) a bit late for this year. Amazing colours in your photos from the show - especially the blues.
Brummie Ben: that 'Blue for you' rose of yours!! Even before you mentioned its scent I felt I could almost taste it. Delicious! What is it about blue in flowers? There seems to be something surreal about some of them - those delphs, your rose, a carpet of bluebells.
When I was a boy running home from school in summer there used to be two fragrances that would stop me in my tracks and set me off searching for the source of the amazing scent. One of them I thought of as a sort of 'sherbety' smell. I traced it to a raised bed filled with blue irises.
The other was not connected to blue but I'll recount it anyway. it was on a particular corner in a particular avenue. It always reminded me of rhubarb (or maybe apple pie) and custard for some reason. I'm still not positive over half a century later but it may have been hawthorn flowers. Ring a bell, anyone?
Has anyone produced a blue tulip, yet? I believe it was once considered 'impossible'.