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1. I am admiring a 5-petalled flowering plant for my star-themed garden, and Kev informs me that this plant is in the mallow family. "Same as okra," he says. It reminds me of Hawaii - after all, a yellow species is the state flower. What flower are we looking at?
2. Ken nudges me, and I know a joke is coming. "This pretty blue Platycodon is prefect for your star garden, but it has an inflated idea of its importance. So inflated in fact, can you guess its common name?"
3. "No, no, no," Kev gently rebukes me. "Despite how it sounds, this medicinal herb is NOT related to anything the Scots eat for breakfast! It has a lovely blue star-shaped flower with furry leaves and is a wonderful companion plant for many vegetables, as it helps deters pesky moths and worms. Now, armed with that information, what is this plant's name?"
I look blankly at Kev, then answer:
4. "Ah, yes, the very thing!" exclaims Kev. "Many people don't know that Pliny the Elder believed that leadwort was a cure for lead poisoning. Me, I just thought I was planting a fruit tree! Tell me, VegemiteKid, what starry plant genus do I have in mind for your garden?"
5. "Now, rolling onto the next plant," says Kev, rocking back and forward on his haunches, "you've seen the Androsace septentrionalis 'Star Dust' before and it's adorable! Of course..." (he looks at me a little suspiciously) "of course, you know what the 'Androsace' part means...right?"
I grin a kind of sickly grin and say....er...what do I say?
6. "Well, we can rule out 'Cerastium tomentosum' for your Christmas garden," Kev decides, "even though it's the epitome of a star, with 5 little heart-shaped white petals in each flower. But, nope, it's no use getting them for you, as you live in Australia. Even though you're down south, you don't get..." I wait for Kev to finish, but he's moved on to the next plant.
What would be unlikely at Christmas in Australia, coincidentally the common name of the Cerastium tomentosum?"
7. "Oh, this is easy" says Kev, pointing at a low-growing plant with small purple blooms. "Why, its genus name means 'star'! Sometimes it's known as Michaelmas daisy, and it really should be the star of your garden."
So I don't look like a dill in front of Kev, it'd be great if you could just click on the correct name of the flower for me, please!
8. "Now, this Aquilegia gives you double the star effect with both 5 petals and 5 sepals on each bloom," Kev says. "It has several common names, one of which is columbine; another common name refers to an article of clothing Granny might wear. It'll cap our garden planning right off if you can tell me what it is!"
My mind goes to all the bits-and-bobs Granny used to wear. Which do I choose?
9. "I remember that plant!" I exclaim excitedly to Kev. "We used to call it the 'wax plant', and would catch drops of nectar from the starry pink little flower's centre. Kev, what is its genus name?"
10. "I think we need a Prunus dulcis tree as a backdrop to all these flowers," opines Kev. "Van Gogh knew what he was doing when he painted a picture of this tree, and after all, it produces edible drupes! And it has a star flower - you'll go nuts for it!"
Sounds great...but what kind of tree am I getting?
Source: Author VegemiteKid
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