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19 Sep, 2011



20 Sep, 2011


Really nice. Is it flowering just now?

21 Sep, 2011


Yes... it comes pretty late, but lasts quite a while.

22 Sep, 2011


So beautiful Linda

25 Sep, 2011


Thanks Scotkat.....I tried to look at your other site. Do you have to be a member?

25 Sep, 2011


I really like blue flowers, wonder if I could have a colour-themed garden.

I can remember, years ago, some kind of medication named "Gentian Violet", for insect bites etc; wonder if this is a related plant.

ps just Googled "Gentian Violet", it's still on sale at Amazon and other as an antiseptic - maybe you could produce your own for home use, Linda!

17 Feb, 2012


I remember a boy at school having Gentian Violet...I think it was on his stained the skin badly!!!! Don't think I will be making my own. lol

18 Feb, 2012


I've checked Wiki and a few other sites, apparently it was a natural antiseptic - and probably still is *s*. It did stain the skin, but when one had been half eaten alive by midges or gnats, that was a small price to pay. and I suppose it'd dye clothes as well.

18 Feb, 2012


The poor boy whose mother covered him in it was not aware what a hard time he had at school because of it!!!!

19 Feb, 2012


awwwww, that's a shame - I can't remember how long it takes to fade, but feel for the kid - children aren't at all civilised when it comes to other kids being "different" - and being purple would be hard to miss.

20 Feb, 2012


Well I still remember it!!!!!!

20 Feb, 2012


Gentian violet was named because of its colour and is not related to either plant. It used to be used to treat fungal skin conditions like ringworm. It was also used to treat thrush in babies. I thought it had been relegated to the history books until Franl googled and found it on sale. I'm sure it could only be used on unbroken skin because it left a permanent stain if it got into the tissues.

7 Mar, 2015


I remember I boy in primary school having it on his face etc and as a child we were a bit worried about it. Poor boy.

7 Mar, 2015


I remember how unsightly it was and would not want to inflict that on any child. Children can be very cruel and even if the horror of it meant the lad was shunned because of it, he must have felt very isolated.

8 Mar, 2015


That was about fifty-seven years ago SG and if I still remember it how does he feel now?

9 Mar, 2015


I hope his life has been a full and happy one and that he has been able to crowd it out of his memory.

9 Mar, 2015


Me too. :0)

10 Mar, 2015

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