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Hesperis Matronalis (Sweet Rocket)

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I’ve never seen this grow to 5 feet before! I just scattered seed around in March, and now they’re blooming and wafting their fragrance beautifully.


A slightly better picture of a colourful corner, with Calendula, Veronicas, a tree peony and purple and white Hesperis.


Rhodohypoxin, first year I’ve had flowers :)


A bit brief! I couldn’t decide whether to show separate photos, or write a blog, so tossed a coin . . . I’m not sure if my hands shook, or my eyesight is a little blurred: apologies for the quality of the snaps. Happy gardening everyone :)

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OOh Sweet Rocket - another one for my list to look up! Thank you for the photos!

15 May, 2020

 

Thanks Sunny!

15 May, 2020

 

How very pretty, Sheila....never grown sweet rocket before.Must remember for next year.

15 May, 2020

 

Sweet rocket used to be an old favourite with me and I had forgotten all about it until last year when I bought some seed for the first time in a decade. It's come up beautifully, like yours, and the night fliers love it. I'd forgotten that so do I!

15 May, 2020

 

I have it too and it gets between 3-5ft in my garden. I have white pink and lilac shades and as said it smells wonderful. Moths love it too and moths are in decline so the more we can help them the better.

15 May, 2020

 

Thanks Julia, Anget and Eileen . . . . glad you like it, and it’s good to hear that about the moths 🙂.

15 May, 2020

 

Sweet Rocket...I think I have always known it as Honesty. I've tried several times to grow it, but without success. Yours looks wonderful.

15 May, 2020

 

I love your sweet rocket and it has popped up in just the right places!! It is very pretty.

15 May, 2020

 

Waddy, it does look very similar to Honesty (but that’s Lunaria) so not the same plant. Sorry you didn’t manage to grow it - thanks for your comment 🙂.

Chris, thank you!

15 May, 2020

 

I have had to look Sweet Rocket up too, very pretty flowering plant..interesting to hear about the moths also. Anything to help the wildlife. Lovely..

15 May, 2020

 

I've never heard of Hesperis. It's very pretty.
Rhodohypoxis is also very pretty. How do you manage to keep it. It dies every time I try to grow it.
Nice to have the photos all in a blog - easier to see them :)

15 May, 2020

 

Wonderful to get those tall flowers in May from a March sowing - no wonder its called rocket!

15 May, 2020

 

Thanks Kate🙂.

Thank you Hywel. I’ve also found Rhodohypoxis tricky so added plenty of grit this time ... no idea if they will come again next year.

Thanks Sue - that made me smile!

16 May, 2020

 

Good luck with it ! :)

16 May, 2020

 

I am surprised they flowered in the first year, I find in my garden they flower in their second yr. You did really well.

16 May, 2020

 

Thanks Hywel!

I was surprised too Eileen 🙂.

16 May, 2020

 

Thanks for putting me right Sheila ;-))

20 May, 2020

 

Sheila I can always count on you for new ideas. Never heard of most of these, but humm ideas are turning in my head. Hope all is well Sheila.

21 May, 2020

 

They’re easily confused Waddy 🙂.

Thanks Paul. Yes, all is sort of well, but I am sorely missing my son, Steve, who died suddenly from a heart attack at this time last year. Everyone loved him because he was a friend to anyone who needed a friend . . . I’m doing my best to realise that we were lucky that he brightened our lives for 46 years. I’m fine most of the time, really.

21 May, 2020

 

I am so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. He sounds like somebody I would have liked to have known.

21 May, 2020

 

Thank you Paul, that’s thoughtful.

22 May, 2020

 

Oh, Sheila I'm so sorry to hear this, I had no idea. I'm sending you love and hugs. Xx

22 May, 2020

 

Bless you Julia, thank you. xx

22 May, 2020

 

It gets easier Sheila - at least although its always there you remember less often as the years go by. And precious memories are always there underneath.

22 May, 2020

 

You’re right Sue, I have many precious memories, and only get upset occasionally. A good friend visited yesterday -two metres apart of course - to “cheer me up” with take-away cappuccinos, brownies and a bottle of wine!

It worked 🙂.

23 May, 2020

 

I'm glad you have that sort of friend Sheila, they're the best. I'm so sorry, I had no idea you had lost a son and so suddenly, it must have been a dreadful time for you. Gardening can be a good friend too at these awful times I think. Yours looks lovely, I will buy some hesperis seeds for next year and will think of you when they bloom.

31 May, 2020

 

That’s very thoughtful, Bornagain, thank you. The garden is definitely a sanctuary and great consolation.

31 May, 2020

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