I have lots of reason to like this picture. Chief among them is that it’s of an echium that lived in our front garden for the usual 18 months. It came from the first seed that germinated, sprouted, grew and thrived from a batch of seeds that was given to us by a very keen gardener and friend who died earlier this year.
This picture is seven years old today. The echium in question set seeds and has had offspring in our garden ever since. I resisted cutting a line of them away from our driveway when they appeared and thrived at the end of the summer. They scratch us and doubtless are marking the car door every time we park.
Next year, this retention will create an echium alley, dominating the driveway so that we won’t be able to park the car for six months or more. They will blossom, attract bees and doubtless seed a gazillion more echium plants, windblown throughout our neighbourhood. We may not be thanked for this but we’ll continue to remember our benefactor as long as the echium thrive.