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JULY paint pot primroses & purple potatoes

July 26, 2011

The rooftop is yellow and purple like a glorious bruise.  The yolky yellow of evening primroses, blooming in a paint pot, and the iridescent purple of potato skin, just harvested from a hessian sack.  These primroses and potatoes are special.  The flowers were grown from my own seed, saved from last year’s plants.  The thick skinned and indigo-fleshed vegetables are the fruits of a wonderful trip to Prinzessingarten in Berlin.

My purple potatoes are an ‘heirloom’ or ‘heritage’ variety – or you could call them outlaws.  It’s really important to grow crops like these, and then to save and swap the seeds, so they don’t die out.  Speciality spuds need our support!

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