Sunday in the garden

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.

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HPS seeds update 2

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.

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Sanguisorba flower fully out

Since this flower only started opening yesterday, I was a bit surprised to see that it was fully out this morning!

There was a small amount of rain later on in the day, barely enough to dampen the surface of the soil.

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Sanguisorba starting to flower

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.

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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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Six things this Saturday

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 The Propagator.

1. Ligularia 'Miss Labelled'

This is my second Ligularia to flower and it has large daisy like flowers. 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 …

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Sidalcea 'Elsie Heugh'

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 flowers. 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.

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Geranium wallichianum 'Crystal Lake'

This is my last Geranium to flower. It is a sprawling type and doesn't have a lot of room to spread.

I was suprised and delighted at how great this looked, and I think that the photo isn't showing it quite as splendid as it looks.

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