Tuesday, April 26, 2011

V - Vinca

V is a tough letter; it seems many of the V-words are puffed up and self-important.  I'm thinking of victory and vanquish and valedictorian.  The word I was looking for last night had to be modest and also it had to relate to the garden so I could link my post to Garden Tuesday.  So my word for today is Vinca.  The plant I'm thinking of is actually called Vinca Minor, sometimes known as periwinkle, and it's a terrific ground cover plant.  The most common type is the blue, pictures above which has a sweet colour and shading, but for ground cover under our cedars I chose the white variety. 

It's a little more delicate and the flowers brighten up the shady spots. 

Plus a couple plants came with a surprise purple flower as well.  We're going into the third spring with this ground cover and it is starting to fill in and look quite lovely.   I do like Vinca.


  1. This is one of my favorite ground covers! Thanks for linking up!

  2. I can't believe your already up to V.

    I love Vinca Minor. It is a wonderful ground cover. The beautiful color and the name Periwinkle is charming.

    As a child I remember reading the names of my crayons and I think that is were I first found the color Periwinkle.
    The children of today are missing so many small pleasures of exploring the world of colors by hand and not just computer.

    Lovely post today.

    cheers, parsnip

  3. I've always loved periwinkle. We have the blue one in several spots around the yard. We get the odd white one, too. It can be a tenacious foe though. It is creeping from a neighbors yard into our veg patch!

    I loved the idea that the V-words were puffed up. Perhaps they are vainglorious?

  4. Hi, Joanna. I just discovered your blog through the A-Z Challenge. Glad I did before we got to the end! These flowers are gorgeous, I love the pictures. I'm a dog lover and also love your border collies!
    Great to meet you. :)

  5. Parsnip, I agree about names of colours. I like reading the names of paint chips still. And periwinkle blue has to be one of the most beautiful tones there is!

    Stephanie, I'd been warned about the invasive qualities of the Vinca and so purposely planted these in an enclosed area.

    Vainglorious--what a great word! These are probably words left from Romans, who are known for vaunting (another V word!)their power.


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