Who can forget Mary Wesley’s 1984 novel The Camomile Lawn? The novel recalls a visit to the Cornish coast in 1939 by a group of young people who stay at their aunt’s home.
The novel takes its title from the camomile lawn which stretches from the mansion down to the coast.
So when I was at Envirofest at the Botanical Gardens and the Friends of the Gardens were selling camomile for lawns, how could I resist? I have a patch of bare earth under a eucalypt in my garden and I had been considering gravelling the area as nothing seems to grow there but now I am intent on seeing if camomile will thrive. So I bought one plant as a trial.
If it works I will go back to the Friends of the Gardens plant sale in September and buy several plants to speed the process.
The Friends’ plant sales are excellent and I can guarantee the quality of the plants as I have bought several over the years and they are all in prime condition. Put it in the diary : Friends of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens spring plant sale, Sat 18 Sept 10-3pm.