Wednesday, August 12, 2009

First Freesias

Freesia refracta alba

A week ago there was only one flower out and now there are many.These Freesias are growing in a bed with roses to which they are a good companion. While the roses are just stumps after their annual pruning, these bulbs have the chance to put on their best display. As they are only small and die down in summer they do not compete with the growth of the roses. Freesias are from South Africa and have naturalized in many parts of the country ,beside roads, on cliff faces near the sea and in bushland. They were named in honour of Freidrich H.T. Freese. The perfume of Freesias is warm and sweet though not to everyones taste. In the film The Devil wears Prada, the character of Miranda Priestly played by Meryl Streep tells her assistant that she wants all Freesias removed from a function because she can't stand the smell of them.

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