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23/07/2011



... I'd love this beautiful blue-stemmed Sea Holly even more if it didn't smell so bad!

Since my last edit, I've come to the conclusion this Eryngium smells unpleasant in all weathers, and is also very attractive to Greenbottles!

Click on my comments and read what Sarah F had to say on the subject, and then read my reply below.

Oh my goodness, I can't believe you've said this. Fox/cat poo is exactly what I can smell, but didn't really like to mention that on my blog! Cats and foxes use my garden as a loo too. Thanks so much for your comment, it has made me smile, and the best one I've had in ages!


15 comments:

Trish said...

Isn't it beautiful though! Such an amazing colour.x

greenthumb said...

I didn't know it had a bad smell, so pretty I would to grow it but have not seen it here.

Simone said...

Not as bad as the shasta daisy though eh?! x

Cottage Garden said...

I didn't realise they had a bad smell. I've always thought about getting some Sea Holly ... ummmm ... maybe not!

Jeanne
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Bluebell said...

No I didn't know that either but it is striking and makes a such lovely photo.x

flightplot said...

Perhaps with my poor sense of smell I wouldn't notice! It's certainly a terrific looking plant and that's a wonderful photo. xx

Lori at Jarvis House said...

Hi Louise, I went back to look at the blog with flowers from the month of June and the only flower wit a yellow spike was a Day Lily. I wasn't sure which flower you meant. Cheers Lori from the Jarvis House Garden

Pomona said...

I used to have some, but I didn't notice the smell - they were quite far from the house in a wildish area, so perhaps that's why. I have always wanted them again, so must remember to plant them far from the sitting area!

Pomona x

Twiggy said...

What a gorgeous colour!
Twiggy x

SarahF said...

In the spring i replanted my front garden and it currently looks lovely, but it stinks of pooh! So for the past couple of weeks i have been sniffing around looking for fox pooh as they have been digging out there. Anyway after deadheading the Shasta Daisy and then actually digging it all up i realised this plant was not the culprit and continued sniffing until tonight googling and now i find i have a rather nasty smelling sea holly - so now that's got to go too! Shame as it looks lovely but we keep getting funny looks from the neighbours and passers by!

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a beautiful flower, shame it smees so bad! Though it can't smell as bad as stinkhorn fungi!

Cottage Garden said...

Oh dear - poor SarahF and you! But it's a great comment I agree!

It can't be much fun having foxes as well as cats using your garden as a loo. I spent ages 'training' my cats not to do their business in the raised beds amongst the veg! But I suppose to them it's just a giant, if somewhat crowded, litter tray ...!

Jeanne
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Rosemary said...

I have just come across your beautiful blog. I have to admit that I keep flowers regardless of their smell. I have the Dracunulus Vulgaris growing, it flowers for a few days only, the smell is indescribable - the nearest I can think of is rotting meat, but I love it so much.

sue ridley said...

Since you have butterflies, you need to grow some butterfly plants. They attract those monarchs like crazy. Also another good garden plant is the lavender and bee balms, monarda - Butterflies loves those. Ive been an avid butterfly fan for years and finally after 50 years, Ive found some good plants to attract the beauties.

Candy said...

Well I can tell you one thing! I know those butterflies loves milkweeds! I dug some up growing wild and they fight over them.They are asclepias tuberosa is what the man at the farmers market said. I looked them up and sure enough that's what they love.