It was a very warm day today, with clear skies and plenty of sunshine.
There are a lot of Large White butterflies at the moment, there is almost always
at least one in the garden and I've seem up to four at a time.
I also saw a smallish blue butterfly and briefly two other kinds but
not for long enough and close enough to identify them for sure.
Digging up the lawn to create more planting space, must have brought
up some seeds. There are verbena seedlings everywhere, some Knotgrass
and also these two Viola have appeared.
The flowers are tiny but stunning.
From the five packets of seeds only the Potentilla grew.
There is one seedling that is probably a weed but I don't recognise
it, so I am keeping it in case it is something interesting.
I've thrown the
rest of the compost in the seed tray into an area in the back corner
as you never know seeds may sprout later on, or next year.
The Potentillas are now planted or given away.
Here is one of them planted up. I don't know if it will flower this
year, I'm not really expecting it too.
Since this flower only started opening yesterday, I
was a bit surprised to see that it was fully out
There was a small amount of rain later on in the day,
barely enough to dampen the surface of the soil.
One of the buds on the Sanguisorba 'Lilac squirrel'
is starting to open.
This is one of the two plants that were a must have
at the beginning of the year for me.
Unusually it is starting to open from the end.
It has been very dry for a long time now, it maybe rained once in June
and there was very little rain in May either. The last time that I
noted a lot of rain was in mid April.
So the rain today was very welcome, seems strange to be writing this
but it seemed to be quite the event at the time!
There was a few hours of rain, at times reasonably heavy.
Not sure how long that is going to last, but at least all the garden
is now wet, including the bits that I have not being watering.
The forecast is for more warm dry weather for the week, so watering
may have to resume at some point.
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Weather still dry and sunny, but possible rain for Monday!
Its time to find six things in the garden and wrap them into a blog
post as part of the Six on Saturday meme run by
1. Ligularia 'Miss Labelled'
This is my second Ligularia to flower and it has large daisy like
Although the label correctly showed the flowers as they are,
but it was named as Ligularia Wilsoniana.
I realised today that that species has spikes of smaller flowers, not
the daisy type.
So, I don't know what it really is.
The best I have is that it is Ligularia × palmatiloba
which is also known by the even longer name Ligularia × yoshizoeana 'Palmatiloba'.
There is usually lots of tiny black beetles crawling over the flower,
but I don't see any in this photo.
Lovely large flowers, apparently some people don't like the flowers
and cut …
This is the plant that I bought at the tail end of last year with a
single flowering stem which managed to have a half open
flower before the winter cut it back.
This year it has returned as as a much bigger plant with
plenty of flower spikes. Here are some of the first
They have a fine delicate frilly edge.
These flowers are lasting well, which is
very unlike Sidalcea 'William Smith' which has flowers that seem to last a
day or two.
This is my last Geranium to flower.
It is a sprawling type and doesn't have a lot of room
I was suprised and delighted at how great this looked,
and I think that the photo isn't showing it quite as splendid as