Thursday, July 9, 2009

Convolvulus: Bindweed

I have a love-hate relationship with Bindweed: love, because it is such a stunning, pure white trumpet and hate (though that is too strong a word- I could never actually hate it) because I have spent so many hours in the different gardens of my life struggling to dig out its never-ending tangles of creamy roots to prevent the other plants being strangled...

I have clear memories of a spectacular bank of starry bindweed flowers at the foot of the Malvern Hills. When I lived there, each year it was an excitement to see this.

Regarded as a "weed", Bindweed may be regarded as the poor relation of the popular, wonderful blue Morning Glory. Both are members of the Convolvulus family- that is made up of 250 species- but Bindweed is no less beautiful.


Wini said...

What a pretty flower! Hard to believe that its a weed. Love the textures of the tree barks too in your previous posts. How are you going with the image sizing?


Thanks Wini- good to hear from you!