The only picture I have of my wise old grandmother is the one above. You might deduce that my wise old grandmother’s favorite color was purple. You would be right. She never visited San Diego but I’m pretty sure that if she had, she would have loved it here, especially in May.
May is purple month in San Diego. The purple jacaranda trees are blooming….
the purple lilies of the Nile are blooming….
and the purple sea lavender are blooming.
I fell in love with sea lavender (Limonium sp.). just a couple of days after arriving in San Diego in April 1993.
Sea lavender is a unique plant because it can thrive in the poorest of soils, even salty, sandy ones. Thus it grows wild along the sandstone bluffs, along the freeways, and at the beaches:
It needs no extra watering other than what Mother and Father Nature provide when they cry over the injustices being done to the Earth by mankind [that’s an editorial comment].
Perhaps the uniquest (a word for my friend, Robin Coyle, to dissect) attribute of the sea lavender is the flower stalk, called a panicle or corymb. The flowers are very tiny but come bunched together by the thousands on the panicle. They are very dry and papery, making for excellent cut flowers because they will last a couple of months after cutting, or for dried flowers since they are 90% already dried.
I do take requests for blogging subjects, and this post on sea lavenders was inspired by Kimberly Konkol, whose blog is titled “Everlasting love of flowers.”
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