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Sweet alyssum?

I consider myself to be a writer first, t-shirt designer second, computer programmer third and a complete amateur at gardening. But I’m learning, especially about writing and gardening.

For many years I was a computer programmer, happily skipping from contract to contract in Britain and Europe. That came to a crashing end when I was diagnosed with diabetes. Lifestyle. It will knock the stuffing out of you if you abuse your body.

So, I settled down and for over a decade I’ve been designing t-shirts and writing & publishing my books as an indie author. More recently I’ve taken up gardening, but I can’t say I’m any kind of expert, though I haven’t killed an awful lot of plants, yet. I do greatly admire those who can give you a plant’s Latin name as soon as they see it. Me? I’m still trying to master the English names.

So here we are with a plant I’ve managed to grow for successive years from seed and I have no idea what it’s called. It’s a pretty little thing, as you can from the top image. It’s flowers can be blue or white, depending in what seeds I use (that being luck more than judgement) and I know it smells like a hyacinth, but isn’t a hyacinth. So what is it? Well, I’ve finally got round to doing a bit of research and have come to the conclusion that it’s sweet alyssum. No, I’m not certain of this but from what I can tell it’s a pretty close call, so that’s what I’m going to call it.

Apart from the sweet alyssum I know what everything else is thanks to my numbering system.

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And eventually this new concrete garden will be less bare

and more full of colour than the previous one. The front of the house, above, isn’t so bad, but the rear

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needs a lot more colour. To say it’s a bit bare is an understatement. But I’m getting there.

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