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  1. Oli
    January 11, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

    It’s a fab flower and no mistake! I’ve seen it growing wild at the back of seering hot sand dunes near Almeria, Spain. There it was a tiny plant just 6 inches high with a striking bright purple flower. As a younger man I harvested it by the barrowload (dozens of them!) for my folks up in Yorkshire. Beautiful intense colours including a pale yellow and a salmony pink. Dead easy to dry but much nicer fresh.

  2. Jan
    January 11, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

    Statice is its name in these parts(Northants). Its my Dad’s favourite flower and we grow some for him from seed every year. I’m always amazed at how tall and bushy it grows from that tiny seedling. He hangs it in his shed to dry it and keeps a vaseful in the fireplace to remind him of summer. I will follow your tips and keep some for my garden this year as we always lose a few seedlings with my minimal care method-sow it , water in, then ignore completely until someone asks me where it is!

  3. Belinda Norrington
    January 11, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    ‘Laura Ashley on acid’ – thank you for causing me my first coffee nose-trick of the year!! Is sea-lavender what I see every year growing wild on the saltmarshes in Norfolk?? That is what we have always called it, but now I am not so sure. Belinda

    • Ben
      January 11, 2011 @ 11:37 am

      it is called ‘Marsh Rosemary’ as well…so perhaps….I shall have a little look about and find out more….

  4. JW Blooms
    January 11, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    I have used the bright purple in arrangements – just a tiny little bit to add a flash of colour can look good, but I agree it’s not the most lovely of flowers. To me (West Country via Essex) the annual is statice but sea lavender is the perennial limonium, which I do grow a row of. It has a completely different look – light, breezy and lovely. x

    • Ben
      January 11, 2011 @ 11:40 am

      oh I sea!!!! (do you sea what I did there…clever) So they are very different are they? Am I making things up again? ;) I had better go back to school…oops…

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