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Child in Thyme

Ian Gillan at the 2014 Chelsea Flower ShowIn what Geoff Barton calls “the most un-rock’n’roll story of the year”, on May 19 Ian Gillan has opened a showcase garden for the Sutton Seeds company at the Chelsea Flower Show in London. Sutton Seeds is currently based in Paignton, Devon, which is just down the coast from Ian’s home in Lyme Regis. The region suffered from bad weather and flooding this past winter, and apparently the locals are keen to show that the crisis is over and the area is open for tourism again. The company is also said to be promoting a new variety of flower which is deep purple in colour.

Thanks to Yvonne Osthausen and Rock on Collectibles for the info. Photo: Gerry Edwards Flower Co.

21 Comments to “Child in Thyme”:

  1. 1
    Stephen Graham says:

    I believe they won as well….http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Chelsea-Flower-Somerset-s-Tynings-Climbers/story-21115379-detail/story.html

  2. 2
    David Hall says:

    Very apt, the Purple Tree has many roots and branches and many budding guitarists first song was oak on the water !!

  3. 3
    LRT says:


  4. 4
    Dave Berry says:

    he’s a seed king!

  5. 5
    Jonathan Cornick says:

    Did they ask Robert Plant first…..I’ll get my coat

  6. 6
    another Martin says:

    Hey I’ll go for deep purple flowers anytime! Let me see… it grows best in a bed of rock. It was originally designed with a black stem but that version, although beautiful, didn’t last long enough. It now has five petals all equal in size. Most people wouldn’t pay much attention to it, but it soon will have many, many totally dedicated fans.

  7. 7
    Lorenc Quni says:

    No no no

  8. 8
    Crawford Seals says:

    No Blackmore = no seeds

  9. 9
    MrPtheDPfan says:

    Good Guy that Big Ian .

  10. 10
    MacGregor says:

    Lorenc @ 7- shouldn’t that be Grow, Grow, Grow? Come on all you fans out there, surely you can also come up with a few ‘names’? Cheers.

  11. 11
    Henrik says:

    Lol…Child in thyme. Love it.

  12. 12
    ratbat says:


  13. 13
    Bernhard Huebl says:

    Let me add one more flower story to this chapter from Germany (from Bavaria, to be precise). When in July 2013 singer and composer J.J. Cale passed away, all our German
    newspapers and magazines were full of appreciations for this great man – and they all included the same mistake: Counting up the bands and musicians that covered compositions of J.J. Cale, they listed Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jose Feliciano etc. and – Deep Purple. But – this is absolutely untrue. Our heroes did some covers (especially in the Mark I period) – but they never did any J.J. Cale composition.

    How could this false story get on its way? It took me some time to find out: It originated from “DPA” (Deutsche Presse Agentur = German Press Agency). One member of their stuff must have put song titles of J.J. Cale separately in the google system, and when he was looking for “Magnolia” (a wonderful ballad) one of his findings was “deep purple”
    – but this is not our band, this is one of the official english colour descriptions for this wonderful flower !

    What a glorious misunderstanding – but it took its way all over each and every German paper.

    Bernhard Huebl

  14. 14
    Scott W. says:

    Why didn’t Rosemary?

  15. 15
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Maybe he hoped for some mandrake roots.

  16. 16
    Ivica says:

    Congratulations Ian …. QPR back in the Premier League

  17. 17
    Svante Axbacke says:

    @13: Ha ha! Great story!

  18. 18
    MacGregor says:

    Or maybe a Place In The Lime?

  19. 19
    Terry McPartlan says:

    You keep on mowing?

  20. 20
    Peter Howdon-Brown says:

    HEAVY plant crossing. good on ya mate!!

  21. 21
    Elprupdeep says:

    Why didn’t Rose mary….

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