What, at the moment, is bringing me greater pleasure than a box of Valentine’s chocolates? A tropical visitor called Freesia lacteal. In my music room window, the rosy-pink, white-and-gold-splashed blossoms are a delightful contrast to the February snow. Delightful too is the fragrance: a powerful, utterly intoxicating blend of honey and plum.
You can enjoy the romance of freesia in your own window garden, too, by following, in autumn, my easy forcing instructions. Or, if you want the flowers now, simply visit your independent florist. I guarantee that a few cut stems, arranged in a pretty vase on your bedside table, will bring you the sweetest of dreams.
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