I love campanulas… I love the colour and shape and how they flower for ages and ages and last for many years.
No doubt you can tell, as I have them scattered all over the place in our patch.
Including some white ones with the same perfect shape.
These upright flowers stand up to three feet tall, but there are also creeping varieties that I have in abundance too!
Here one sort frames the other.
I like the way the creeping variety tumbles over the edge of a pot like a purple cascade.
Petty Surge or Milkweed Euphorbia peplus
This is a very common weed in my garden… as soon as spring starts to heat the soil they appear. Being a type of euphorbia they exude a sticky, milky substance when you break the stem… not some to ingest and always keep away from your eyes. That much I knew… but I didn’t know what it was called so looked it up and came across a very surprising fact…
“The sap from a plant known as petty spurge or milkweed – found by roadsides and in woodland – can ‘kill’ certain types of cancer cells when applied to the skin. It works on non-melanoma skin cancers, which affect hundreds of thousands of Britons each year.”