|Euphorbia mellifera with Cordyline 'Coffee Cream in 2005|
|Euphorbia mellifera flower heads and foliage|
|Euphorbia mellifera flower head close up|
Doing a bit of weeding in the garden yesterday I found a couple of seedlings of the euphorbia. Nothing unusual in that - I often find seedlings of the various plants I grow. Hardy geraniums, crocosmia, Freesia laxa, Libertia, Begonia grandis var evansiana, hellebores, even ferns - all pop up regularly amongst the rather more common garden weeds. Some I pot up, others join the compost heap on the allotment (and, yes, if it likes you, even the treasured and desirable hardy begonia can become a weed). OK, the euphorbia seedlings are a little unusual in being 20 feet / 6 metres from the site of the parent - entirely due to the exploding seed pods of the plant. I remember a hot day in 2007 and the garden being peppered with the seeds as they were flung at fair velocity across the plot - probably the origin of the current seedlings.
But it all leaves me with a problem. I can, and will, pot up the seedlings. I'd rather like to grow it in the garden again. But I now simply don't have the room in the ground. This plant takes up a lot of space - and doesn't wait around to do it. So, if I want to keep it and enjoy that lovely honey scent, it will have to go permanently in a pot. Which probably won't produce the best results. Still, knowing my taste for tender plants I'm bound to have gaps