Re: [gardeners] Re:Globe thistle

Bargyla Rateaver (
Thu, 26 Jul 2001 20:50:24 +0100

Yes, I think likely it is the soil that makes the diff. Flax, I'll have to try
that. I know I have seen it here along the road where someone planted it, but I
don't remember that I made a mental note of it to plant in my yard. Columbines
don't do well here. I did get some to grow but they did not thrive.

I should get around to dig in and learn something about all this. Getting to be
Maybe it is a matter of pH, too. Wonder if the farm advisor would know. They are
good on some things but hopeless for other items, but I can phone and ask

Dorsett wrote:

> > Bargyla, some of us grow truly blue flowers but the color may be
> > due to our
> > soil. Your soil may incorporate something that produces lavender.  I grow
> > flax (sky blue blossoms) and Alpine columbines (dark blue, but people in
> > the Midwest tell me it's purple. Maybe there it is, but here it's navy
> > blue).  Margaret L, in SW Idaho
> Maybe the color difference is determined by soil, or it could be the quality
> of light...there's probably more humidity here, even in early spring.  Or,
> maybe, my eyes see shades of blue differently.
> I got the alpina seed from J. L. Hudson, Seedsman.
> Cynoglossum is so blue that it's difficult to mix with other blue flowers
> like flax and borage and Ceratostigma.
> >From pictures, Plumbago auriculata looks like it would reach for sky-blue
> tones...but it's not something that will bloom here very easily.
> Barb in Southern Indiana  Zone 5/6
>     A root is a flower that disdains fame.


Bargyla Rateaver