Garden Visitor From Afar

 This lovely looking flowering plant showed up in our garden completely unannounced. We didn't even know it was there. We certainly didn't plant it. But it's flowers, as you can see (I apologize that they are a bit burry...it was rather breezy the day I took the picture) are delicate and pretty. I had no idea what it was. So I fired up one of my favorite apps...Garden Answers...and got the answer. It is a Musk Mallow (malva moschata). According to Garden Answers, this sun loving perennial grows 3 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide; best with regular moisture. It is native to fields and roadsides throughout Britain and other parts of Europe. Leaves are finely cut. There is also a white flowered variety. How it got from there to here is a mystery ;-) but we're rather glad it did, and are hoping some of its relatives come to join it in our garden in the future.

This lovely looking flowering plant showed up in our garden completely unannounced. We didn't even know it was there. We certainly didn't plant it. But it's flowers, as you can see (I apologize that they are a bit burry...it was rather breezy the day I took the picture) are delicate and pretty. I had no idea what it was. So I fired up one of my favorite apps...Garden Answers...and got the answer. It is a Musk Mallow (malva moschata). According to Garden Answers, this sun loving perennial grows 3 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide; best with regular moisture. It is native to fields and roadsides throughout Britain and other parts of Europe. Leaves are finely cut. There is also a white flowered variety. How it got from there to here is a mystery ;-) but we're rather glad it did, and are hoping some of its relatives come to join it in our garden in the future.

Paul MacKay, Andover Garden Club