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garden escapes: where did they come from?

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When I find a plant in a ditch or roadside where it has no business to be, I wonder how it got there. Of course, the mechanism is usually plain. Some plants have arrived by seed, others by horizontal roots. But how did they get into the garden if that is where they came from?


This weekend, we found three plants which made me wonder how they arrived in the community where they now grew: bouncing-Bett (Saponaria officinalis), white sage (Artemesia ludovinciana) and harebell (Campanula rotundifolia).




Where did they come from?


33 bouncing bett cropped

bouncing-Bett (Saponaria officinalis)


bouncing-Bett, common soapwort

Saponaria officinalis


pink blur along the road

fills the ditches

perhaps she loved colour

or needed mild soap

to wash delicates

gloves sullied in the garden


6 Morehouse Corner white sage cropped

white sage (Artemesia ludovinciana)


white sage

Artemisia ludovinciana


hugs the edge of the road

a slash of silver

in a matrix of green

perhaps he sought

smoke and smoulder

sacred odour of the smudge


20 Wiggens Mill harebell cropped

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)



Campanula rotundifolia


in the margins of the road

harebell catches

found among the grasses

perhaps they wished to play

dress-up with lady’s thimbles

reminded them of home



Be safe, wear your mask.

All my best,



Written by jane tims

August 5, 2020 at 7:00 am

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