The letter this week is the Great G
G is for Gypsophila, 'a genus of about 100 species of flowering plants in the family Caryophyllaceae, native to Europe, Asia and North Africa' (Google)
But today we will consider only one species that is familiar to all, - Gypsophila Paniculata, or Baby's Breath.
What would the florist industry ever do without these wonderful clouds of tiny white flowers to enhance their bouquets?
Inclined to be invasive Baby's Breath grows famously on dry, sandy, stony soil, and there is a portion of the highway between Keremeos and Olalla where at certain times of the year the roadside ditches are filled with these beautiful white fairy flowers, escaped from an abandoned commercial enterprise on adjoining fields.
One of our sons has a most prolific patch of four foot high gypsophila perfectly content to be growing in the dry soil up against his steel plant, always available for quick bouquets, either fresh or dried.
My favourites are the Bristol Fairy
and the lovely double pink Rosenschleier
The pictures are all borrowed from the Internet, alas
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