Linaria viscosa Magenta and Gold
The Linaria or 'Toadflax' are just starting to flower. I saved seed of the above species from a plant I bought at a market as the colour is an intense and bright magenta. The small gold spot is the nectary to make sure bees land in the right spot for pollination . The other variety I am growing for an upcoming plant show is Linaria bipartita 'Fairy Bouquet'. It is one of the easiest annuals to grow from seed and germination is almost 100 per cent. Flowering occurring after about 12 weeks from sowing on 15cm high plants. Most Linaria come from the Mediterranean region and are grown as winter/spring garden annuals in temperate regions .