Myrtle Mania

Myrtus communis

Today I worked beneath the myrtle tree in Max’s garden.  Here, left unfettered, weeds had made a stronghold, finding firm footing amongst the roots.  This is a large tree, and has looked rather sorry for itself since last year’s twin beasts.  Still it is a great favourite, the fragrant pompom flowers and the limbs of peeling bark, looking a little too human on occasion, along with the glossy evergreen leaves make it almost perfect.  Not quite though.  It seeds itself around with abandon, the tough little myrtlings send roots deep and quick.  I must have pulled up at least 3 million this morning.  Then my foot began to hurt just a little too much, the snow clouds were gathering as I retired, promising to return on another day to continue my quest.

11 thoughts on “Myrtle Mania

  1. They may be a pain to pull up but how wonderful that the myrtle is hardy enough and sets seed. You mind that foot now.


  2. Myrtle from Osborne House featured in Queen Victoria’s wedding bouquet. It has always been a symbol of love in Welsh folklore and can often be found growing by the front door. It featured in Irene’s bouquet, we also have one in the front garden, the flowers are beautiful. I also have some young plants from cuttings in the cold frame.


  3. That is a classic specie that seems to be popular (or common) everywhere else except for here. I can not explain why, but it never became popular. Only old specimens are rarely found on old homes. There happen to be a few big ones at the Winchester House in San Jose. It really should be more popular, since it is so resilient to lapses of irrigation.


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