Sunday, July 04, 2010

The scarlet pimpernel

This is the scarlet pimpernel. I came across it years ago, growing in a crack between sidewalk pavers. I have no idea where the first seeds for it came from, but every year since, it comes back, in the same spot. I was enchanted by this little plant, and even more so when I discovered it's name. I'd watched the Leslie Howard version of 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' on television, and read the book by Baroness Orczy.
I thought everyone knew the story, but anyone I've asked about it, or pointed the flower out to seems never to have heard of it. They're missing a beautiful little flower and in interesting old-fashioned story.

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