This is the main patch of yellow loosestrife.
To give a better idea of the scale,
the tallest one is about four and a half feet tall (1.4m).
This is taller than usual - most sources have the height
up to 1m.
There is some of the variegated "Alexander" variety
as well has the regular one too.
In the bottom right corner there is a Salvia.
This was another mystery plant.
When I first arrived there were just
the dead stalks which I thought were just another
patch of the yellow loosestrife.
However when it started growing, it was clearly something
Now that it has flowered I am fairly sure that it
is a Lychnis chalcedonica. It is very different from the other
Lychnis species that I am familiar with as it is tall with a thick
It is inconveniently situated under the Pyracantha
so you have the flower heads reaching up through
The tree does provide support which it might otherwise need to
stay upright in the strong winds that we have been getting recently.
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I'm starting with this, as the first two flowers just opened today in the
lovely sunshine we have been having.
A couple of weeks ago I was down south for a wedding and saw a
Hypericum that was just starting to flower, so here we are about 2
When the leaves first appeared I had no idea what this was.
However I recently saw Eryngium planum in the garden center that had
similar roundish leaves, which are different to the Eryngiums that I
am familiar with, such as the
Neptunes Gold variety that I bought
Anyway, it has now put up flower stalks and it is definitely beginning
to form into the distinctive Eryngium flower formation although it is
still small and green.
This is a Geum "Totally Tangerine".
It has masses of flowers and is providing a bit of …
The two bluebells have now flowered and they do not appear to be
English bluebells at all. The flower shape and colour is all wrong
and the flowers are arranged around the upright stalk rather than
being hanging from one side from a drooping flower stalk.
The only things that point towards being English bluebells is
that the leaves are narrow and the pollen is maybe a cream colour
although I am not sure about the last point. Could well be a hybrid
as many bluebells are.
There is one more that has recently started growing a flower so we
shall see how that one turns out.
The orchids are now fully out, and the picture below is of the larger
flower of the two.
I have since seen this orchid in a few places around and about so
it clearly grows wild in this area.
There are now actual chillis growing.
masses of flowers too.
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I decided to split this months round up so
see the first part with mainly flowers.
The Muscari have finished and are dying back, apart from a single one that
strangely is still flowering!
The tulips are almost all finished flowering, although there are two
with buds yet to open! Its possible that they never will I suppose.
Also saying goodbye to the Kerria and the Primula flowers.
Here is everything that was in flower during the month. There is a
lot when you write it as a list, although the overall impression
is still one of greenness.
- Kerria japonica
- Choysia - it is kind of impossible to ignore the intense perfume
from these flowers.
- clematis - it was a bit disappointing, just a few flowers.
- lily of the valley - flowering nearly finished now
- Pheasant berry
- Meadow buttercup
- Geranium - the two pink ones and a darker blue/purple …
The plants are now flowering.
The top continues to branch in the same pattern with more buds
being produces all the time.
Although there are beginnings of branches lower down the main
stem, they have not developed further so far.
The flowers are white with six petals.