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Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Valentine'



17th May 2013


I admire Lamprocapnos spectabilis with the wonder of a small child watching a magic trick. I have grown up with it revealing its charms every spring, always fresh and always slightly mysterious.
With that same wonder I see every new variation that appears. My grown-up mind could sit down and predict the possible variations on the theme but when they appear suddenly I am a child again, believing in magic and open mouthed in wonder.
So, perhaps I could have predicted that the pinkish colour of the species as we know it in cultivation would not be the last word. Perhaps I could have done, but I didn't. The red form caught me by surprise and left me giggling, smiling and paying a price beyond understanding to the five-year-old I had temporarily transformed into.
There is a wonder in gardens that doesn't seem to follow expectations and pays no heed to money or love. I planted this in the garden and sat cross-legged in front of it for the pleasure of looking.

And then I went and got a chair. I felt like a five-year-old but I'm not.


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