Earlier today, during my grand tour of the garden, before I retreated into the relative dry and warm of the potting shed, I noticed this little arabis. It was flowering beautifully in one our most exposed borders, the Lawn Bed. It was bought as “Arabis” but it is probably a variety of Arabis blepharophylla commonly known as coastal rock cress. So a match made in heaven for us at Cliffe which is, I confess, a happy coincidence rather than clever planning on my part being one of those opportunist buy from the supermarket. In the wild it is rare, found only throughout a limited area in California where it grows on rocky scrub land. The deep pink flowers are fragrant and held above a rosette of evergreen leaves on stiff stems. The odd flower pops out every now and again but its main flowering time is in spring. It is a member of the Brassiaceae family; a very pretty cabbage indeed.
Today I was asked if I would take part in a “Gardener’s Question Time” for the local WI. This was such a bizarre request that, although it is a little hazy, I believe in a moment of weakness I agreed. I may have to dress up as a carrot to compensate for the fact I don’t have any answers.