embarasse de quelque chose

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    soccerdad Active Member 10 Years

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    If I grow something from seed I am unduly loathe to get rid of it. So it is with Francoa which has only one short-lived and rather inconspicuous flower per plant and hence , in Steve Whysall's phrase, "does not pay its rent". I have finally decided to consign it to the compost. But I hate to do so if someone else wants it. I would post that I have it available but I don't think I have ever seen such a post here. The moderators can surely advise...
     
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    soccerdad Active Member 10 Years

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    The response has not quite been deafening so tomorrow they go to the compost bin.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I don't have a garden, so am not your target audience. But maybe your anti-hype had something to do with the response, or the description on my first browser hit of the "toilet-brush blooms of minute ... flowers". :)
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Well, I should be fair to this plant - it has a common name of bridalwreath or bridal wreath, according to Garden Explorer | UBC Botanical Garden, depending which species you have (or had). Here's a photo on Wikipedia from UBCBG:
    Francoa sonchifolia form - Francoaceae - Wikipedia
    It gave its name to the family Francoaceae. I always give a plant extra points for that. Is there a word for the genus that the family is named for?
    I was surprised to see that one of my favourite plants, Melianthus major, is in that family.
     
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    soccerdad Active Member 10 Years

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    There are about 5 flowers per square foot and they are indeed minute. I think you'd need a garden to get enough to make a wreath. Too bad, since daughter #3 is planning to get married next summer but she'll have to be content with marigolds or perhaps dandelions.
     
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