Thrift

Thrift, Armeria (Maritima or Alpina)
Thrift, Armeria (Maritima or Alpina)

I didn’t know that this little flower, whose name is synonymous with saving money, was featured on the back of the old English threepenny bit coin (threepence) until my research discovered this fact. Apparently this indicates that the coin wasn’t worth much money (it’s an odd denomination anyway, for those of us used to the decimal system) which seems to do a disservice to the lovely flower that is so abundant on this plant. Maybe it refers to the small amount of care it needs, thus thrifty on my gardening time? Whatever the case, it’s a lovely plant full of multi-flowered heads that brightens a corner of the flower bed, the earliest flower to do so. I hope your day is full of lovely things that are great value for the effort you put into them! A Flower a Day #270  (NB while I make every effort to identify the flowers I post, I make no guarantee that the name is correct. It’s about the photograph, not the name.:-) )

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6 Responses

  1. With this Thrift, each flower head is a little bouquet, intricate and lovely. I have seen on my walks beside the path on certain trails. They are usually a surprise and welcome site, bringing colour to an otherwise endless horizon of shades of green and brown. Apparently, they make very good border plants in one’s garden too, having perfected their skill in the wild. Thank you, Ellie, for this PFD. (maybe a bit on the reddish side)

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    1. They are a little clump of tall tiny bouquets, Janet! I’m so intrigued that they are also to be found along paths etc. This is in my garden, we apparently planted it. So happy to provide a (reddish) PFD for you!

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  2. I love it Ellie. Such a bright cheerful color and again how the lighter color draws your eyes into the center. But each cluster is like its own little bouquet. Thank you very much for sharing hope you have a good day.

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    1. Thanks so much, Linda. Yes, a perfect description of this flower. And after our overcast start it has turned into a lovely day after all. If a bit warm!

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