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Seductive stunner

PUBLISHED: 16:00 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 17:11 16 August 2010

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WELL, readers, I m horticulturally astounded to be honest that I haven t just exploded on the spot – or at least combusted, with Lullingstone s breaking news this week. I m trembling with whirlwind, joyous-yet-boyish enthusiasm. My fingers are in hyper-

WELL, readers, I'm horticulturally astounded to be honest that I haven't just exploded on the spot - or at least combusted, with Lullingstone's breaking news this week.

I'm trembling with whirlwind, joyous-yet-boyish enthusiasm. My fingers are in hyper-mode typing away, with what I'm about to announce.

The Green Man getting married? Well, not exactly. Although it would be an absolute pleasure to stroll down the aisle with this hot stuff. It's a plant, of course, which has knocked me off balance this week and destabilised my alternating, horticulturally endowed mind even further. Plant-filled ladies and gents, I give you the world's largest forget-me-not, the Chatham Island (located off the east coast of New Zealand) forget-me-not - myosotidium hortensia.

Its glossy, crinkled, hosta-like ginormous leaves are the first plant-filled attraction, but the turquoise- deep blue flowers are something else that is simply not type-able. Exhilarating will do for the description for now. At the moment it's in full flower in the new Cloud Garden house at Lullingstone. And it's not difficult to grow in dappled shade, with humus rich, moist yet well-drained soil.

This stunner can attain a spread of 2ft by 2ft but is only half hardy. It's also becoming more widely available and you will be able to pick it up every now and then, especially on the internet. But there needs to be a health warning attached because humans will be having heart failures left, right and centre - it's just sooooo seducing. Aren't plants great, readers!


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