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hywel

By hywel

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Like many people lots of my early memories are of being in the garden with my father, helping him dig and sew seeds.
He would sew everything in rows as was the fashion then. No thought was given to aesthetics at all.
Even the flowers were in straight rows.

There was one plant however that wasn’t in a row. In fact only one specimen of this plant existed, and it grew over by my father’s shed.
It was an unusual flower and I was always fascinated by it. I had never seen it anywhere else except in our garden, but nobody ever mentioned it’s name.

Now dad wasn’t really interested in plants, and he didn’t give the garden a very high priority. As a result everything slowly but surely died off – including the plant whose name I didn’t know. But I always remembered it because it fascinated me, and I wished I knew what it was called.

Well as the years went by I had my own place – a very old cottage – and thought I’d have this flower to grow in my garden, but despite asking my mam and dad about it I never could discover what it was called. They didn’t even remember it. “I don’t know what you’re talking about” they would say – “Nothing like that ever grew here”.

Then many years later, after I got a computer, I wondered if I could find out its name, so I typed “Garden Questions” into the google page and found “Grows on You”

I put a question on the questions page with a diagram of the unknown plant. I thought just maybe someone would recognize it and confirm it really did exist, and that I hadn’t just dreamed of it.

Well, what do you think ! ….. Someone DID know what it was called :o))
and named it as Sanguisorba.

So that was it ! After all these years I had found out, and I can’t tell you how excited I was !

I immediately had to get one for my garden and sent for one on line. Actually I sent for two – the pink one I remember from years ago, and also a white one.

They arrived well packed in a box

And here they are now :-

Sanguisorba hakusanensis

Sanguisorba tenuifolia alba

I have waited over 50 years to find these plants, and I love them :o)))

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Hywel thats what is called a success story and thanks for sharing it with us,you must have been over the moon that day on discovering your plant,I know I would have been......

11 Jan, 2010

 

The Plant is Gorgeous no wonder it stuck in your mind 4 all those years Hywel :) Cant wait 2 see my own Roots u gave me flower :) X

11 Jan, 2010

 

its a stunner Hywel....love the photo with the slovely blue sky.....

11 Jan, 2010

 

I love those flowers Hywell are they easy to keep? Nice blog :-))

11 Jan, 2010

 

Nothing succeeds like success, just gotta keep trying to get there.
Good for you.

11 Jan, 2010

Sid
Sid
 

Woohoo for GoY! And well done Andrewr :-)

11 Jan, 2010

 

I can remember you asking about a plant when you first came on here and think i remember Andrew telling you, but the plant is lovely dont know which i like best pink or white. Enjoyed reading your blog and looking at this lovely flower.

11 Jan, 2010

 

Yes Carol I asked the question soon after I joined ( 2 yrs coming up lol )
Annella It's very easy to grow. Last year I had 2 bug clumps. I divided them up and sent them to lots on this site. I kept a bit for myself too lol
Jacque I hope it does well for you.
Thanks for all your comments :o))

11 Jan, 2010

 

Lovely blog Hywel,I have the white sanguisorba too grew it from seed a couple of years ago, love your pink one too its lovely :-)

11 Jan, 2010

 

Hywel think you and me jioned GOY at same time.

11 Jan, 2010

 

You were about a week before me Carol. We're the same age lol Although it now sais I joined in November but that's because I changed my name

Thank you Simbad. I didn't know you could get the seeds.

11 Jan, 2010

 

The root you sent me is in a big pot, Hywel, but still covered with snow. I do hope it is OK as it is such a beautiful plant.

11 Jan, 2010

 

It should be all right. It is hardy.

11 Jan, 2010

 

Hywel i dont mind being same age as you, dont think you wont to be my age :o)))lol

11 Jan, 2010

 

I don't want to be my age either lol never mind , as we get older we learn more and get more confident and experience. And make new friends like on here :o)

11 Jan, 2010

 

:o))) dont know about learn more, i forget more, but agree made some nice friends on here. x

11 Jan, 2010

 

lolx

11 Jan, 2010

 

Great blog Hywel - what a success story and the plant is lovely, I like both colours, really unusual.

11 Jan, 2010

 

Great story Hywel ... meant to happen! All good things come to those who wait ... and wait ... and wait! Loved the photos of the Sanguisorbas now ... they are really something!

11 Jan, 2010

 

Great blog Hywel, I do like a story with a happy ending. However, one question remains for me - I wouldn't say this is a commonly seen plant, so........I wonder where your Dad got it from ? :-0

11 Jan, 2010

 

How lovely Hywel, and what gorgeous plants they are too unusual in fact. Parents always do that deny and make you think your dreaming lol, my mum use to do it to me. I think its because they can't truely remember but don't want to admit their memory has faded , so they make you think you were seeing things, lol. Glad you have found the plant and worth it too.

11 Jan, 2010

mad
Mad
 

That was a lovely story Hywel. I can almost feel the excitement you felt when it was identified for you. Is it Japanese? It sounds like it. I love airy plants like that, which allow a view right through them. Does it stand up to winds?
Thanks for a lovely story.

11 Jan, 2010

 

Sixpence it happens to us all as we get older (forgetting things)

11 Jan, 2010

 

Mad I'm not sure where it originates from. It would be interesting to find out. It stands up quite well to the wind. I didn't have to tie it up last year at all.

Sixpence I don't think my dad was interested enough in the garden to even know it was there lol. But he did have a way of making me doubt myself. In the end I used to tell him to be quiet ( or words to that effect. lol )

Muddywalters. I don't think my dad got the plant from anywhere. I think it was there when he bought the house like all the other things he killed off.

Thanks everyone for your comments. :o))

11 Jan, 2010

 

Lol Hywel well when you start to doubt yourself you know then its not you but them as a profesional once told me.

11 Jan, 2010

 

I got wise to it in the end but by then self-doubt had become a bad habit. I still do it lol.

11 Jan, 2010

 

Lol more confidence in your self Hywel is what you need.

11 Jan, 2010

 

I loved this blog and plant first time round so thanks for repeating it Hywel another reminder of one on my list to be added to my garden :o))

11 Jan, 2010

 

Neellan i'm thinking of putting it on my list aswell...

11 Jan, 2010

 

Great story Hywel, I didn't see it first time around. Just shows that whatever the question someone on GoY will know the answer. Lovely plants.

11 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

I was so pleased when you finally tracked this one down Hywel , it's so lovely .... :o)

11 Jan, 2010

 

i remember your pics of these as i said i really liked them, im sure its one you sent me hywel and i cant wait to see it in summer, hope its been ok in this weather to, thanx hywel :o)) x

11 Jan, 2010

 

Another great blog, it is really touching that you are able to share your memories of your childhood and family with us, and I too love your treasured plant ;0) x

11 Jan, 2010

 

Thanks for all your comments.
Carole I love to share my happy memories. It's nice that people enjoy hearing them. Maybe it's something I have to do now after what happened last year

11 Jan, 2010

 

Its a lovely plant Hywel....... no wonder you remembered it so well.....so pleased you found it, and were able to buy some 4 your own garden..........

11 Jan, 2010

 

Mad - I think they come from eastern North America. There is one called sanguisorba canadensis which is a bit of a clue

11 Jan, 2010

 

Lovely blog...lovely story Hywel.....and lovely plants. You've been a GoY'er ever since!

11 Jan, 2010

 

I do remember your sketch and your pleasure when Andrew identified it for you, Hywel, Nice to see how well the plants have done since then!

11 Jan, 2010

 

I'm still here Pottygardener yes lol
You have one aswell Barbara. I hope they come through the winter. I believe they should.

11 Jan, 2010

 

Andrew answered my first question about a tree too! What a champion that man is.
I'm so looking forward to seeing my sanguisorba too, Hywel. We'll be Hywel's Sanguisorba Mob!!!

11 Jan, 2010

 

lol

11 Jan, 2010

uma
Uma
 

What a great story you've told, Hywel! And thanks Andrew you know the name of this plant now...That's great! Thanks GoY!

11 Jan, 2010

 

Yes, Hywel - I have one - the pink one: S. obtusa. I am hoping that it'll come through the winter OK.

11 Jan, 2010

 

I hope so.

Thanks Uma :o)

11 Jan, 2010

 

Yes Hywel I bought my seed from Thompson and Morgan three years ago, when I opened them there were two packets in the envelope so sent other packet to a friend, remember they germinated and I potted them up they grew a bit then seemed to die off thought I'd lost them but saved the pots, the next year they sprouted again, planted them out, and this year they flowered for the first time, love them they remind me of furry caterpillars :-)

11 Jan, 2010

 

I'm glad you didn't throw them away. You would have lost them. The white ones are much smaller than the pink ones.

11 Jan, 2010

 

Its truly a beauty Hywel, so well worth the wait. The pink one is gorgeous.........

11 Jan, 2010

 

Thank you maureen :o)

11 Jan, 2010

 

They are lovely Hywel and something different for the garden.

12 Jan, 2010

 

what a lovely blog hywel,glad you found your lovely plant in the end with andrews help....:o))

12 Jan, 2010

 

Wow what a story and what a lovely ending. By the way the plants are lovely too.

12 Jan, 2010

 

Thanks Hywel for such an entertaining blog ( so much better than the telly ) !

12 Jan, 2010

 

Patience paid off in the end Hywel, I can understand you wanting to find these plants, because they are delightful, will try and find a space for the pink....and of course the white in our garden, they remind me of foxtail lilies. Thanks for telling us your story.

12 Jan, 2010

 

I understand why you noticed them, and have had them in your thougts so long. Hope they will grow in your garden.

13 Jan, 2010

 

I love a story that comes together Hywel.........no wonder you remembered them so well....really unusual and beautiful....thanks goodness for GoY and Andrew...:o)

13 Jan, 2010

 

lovely story hywell
reminds me of my dad when he would try to interest me in gardening.
he would show me how to dig in lupuns for conditioning the soil.
he had a whole 1000 sq meters for the garden so we never had to buy much in the way of vegies.
however my interests were in engineering then not gardens but the litle education he gave me stuck.

14 Jan, 2010

 

A heartwarming blog and with such a happy ending, especially as you have shared them with others and spread the joy of them.

15 Jan, 2010

 

Thank you all :o))

15 Jan, 2010

 

Love the blog Hywel. You have just shown what GoY is all about and why I enjoy it so much. It is the learning, the discovery and the sharing that makes it such a good site. It prompted me to go out and check on the cuttings you sent me and they are doing well . Thanks again

16 Jan, 2010

 

Well worth the long wait Hywel !

16 Jan, 2010

 

That's great Hywel ... a fifty year wait to put a name to it .. wonderful! :o)

16 Aug, 2016

 

Thank you :)

16 Aug, 2016

 

Great story Hywel with happy ending. It is a lovely plant.

17 Aug, 2016

 

Thank you :)

17 Aug, 2016

 

I agree with what others have said on here, Hywel, it is a lovely looking plant & you did well to remember it & finally discover it after many years!

22 Aug, 2016

 

Thank you :)

26 Aug, 2016

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