Convallaria majalis var. rosea (Pink Lily of the Valley)

Pink lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis var. rosea)
Pink form of Lily of the valley

Like me, you probably think of Lily of the valley as being white but there’s also a dainty pink form, which is quite rare. The pink is stippled and subtle, as if it has been spray painted (although we’d better not go there, let’s say powder coated). Both forms prefer shady conditions, from dappled to full. Continue reading “Convallaria majalis var. rosea (Pink Lily of the Valley)”

Lunaria (Honesty)

A clump of white Honesty with lavender buds
I believe this is Lunaria rediviva – perennial honesty.

I’m not 100% sure if this is perennial honesty or the transitory kind, but I’d guess the former. Giveaways would include the seed heads which are pointed ovals rather than the classic coin shape, and the lower leaves which are heart shaped. Continue reading “Lunaria (Honesty)”