Collomia grandiflora…

is probably the least common flower that I grow on the plot.  It originates in the west of North America, has reddish knee-high stems, narrow pointed green leaves and a crown of tiny flowers.

Collomia grandiflora

I was originally sent a few plants back in May 2010 by Ellen,  a friend on the Allotments4All forum.  In her letter she wrote…Best of luck with the plants, if not then perhaps some seeds in the autumn.   Despite my best efforts they didn’t fare well in the hot weather, and sadly I was unable to ask her for some seeds as she died that autumn.

Early in 2011 I bought a packet of Collomia grandiflora seeds from Chiltern Seeds since when they’ve always grown, flowered and self-seeded for the next year.

Collomia grandiflora flowers

ellie2catsThey’re not a showy, or long lasting, flower but they certainly are one of Flighty’s favourites.  Seeing them also reminds me of Ellen, ellie2cats on the forum, and I quietly thank her for them.

Have a good week!

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...allotmenteer, armchair gardener, blogger and sofa flying book buff.
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18 Responses to Collomia grandiflora…

  1. elaine says:

    They are rather nice – I have never heard of them before – good that they remind you of a friend.


  2. Liz says:

    That is a sweet remembrance of your friend. Chiltern Seeds seems to be a good resource for seeds.


  3. CJ says:

    What a nice way to remember her. I’m not familiar with them, they’re very pretty. And you’ve grown them beautifully. Wishing you a good week, on and off the plot. CJ xx


  4. CountryMum says:

    They are very pretty. Such a soft coloured flower. Beautiful.

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  5. Jo says:

    They’re so pretty and such a gorgeous colour. It’s nice that they remind you of a friend who’s no longer around, I think flowers have a special way of bringing people to mind.


  6. Julie says:

    What a lovely way to remember your friend.. first I’ve heard of these but they are a pretty colour, very nice. Have a good week Flighty :o) xx

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  7. nikkipolani says:

    A good memory, Flighty, of the generosity of online gardening friends. The collomia has certainly made itself home on your plot.
    p.s., your b-day card has already arrived and has pride of place on the mantle 😉

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  8. snowbird says:

    What a lovely reminder of your friend, I like the fact that her memory lives on through such a lovely plant. I have never grown it, I must rectify that!xxx

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  9. Very pretty. I like the color.


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