I know it doesn't look much, but I get so pleased whenever I see this
This was one of three that came in a packet.
One was dead on arrival (probably), and the other has leaves at ground
level but has not grown a stalk at all.
I got another packet of three from Aldi, and they turned out to be
saponaria ocymoides. Yes I know, not even close.
So it is one out of six. It even has a side branch with another
These are the butterflies seen during August.
I am no expert on identifying them so I hope I have got the right
This was on a Geum 'Lady Stratheden'.
Seen on the 1st of August.
Cabbage white butterfly
I'm not sure if this is a Large White or a Small White.
It is on a Ligularia flower.
Seen on the 18th August.
Butterfly on Helianthus
Not sure what this is, it may be a Small Copper.
Seen on the 25th August.
Speckled wood on Rudbeckia
I believe this is a Speckled Wood.
They are quite variable in colour, and the sunlight is reflecting
yellow onto and maybe through the wings to some extent.
Also on the 25th August.
A Peacock butterfly was also seen, but its picture came out blurred, so
not shown here. I expect there will be one to show in September.
I planted about 20 of these 'Blue mountain' Gladioli, mostly together
in this clump.
They were planted quite deeply and all but one have remained standing
without any staking.
First noticed this Cyclamen was flowering about a week ago, wasn't
really expecting it so early.
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This is L 'Fan salmon' at the front and just behind it
L 'Starship scarlet'.
The 'Starship scarlet' which was one of my favourite plants of last
year did not survive the winter, so this is a replacement for
The 'Fan salmon' was severely eaten by snails last year.
Most of the leaves were stripped off as well as the outer part of the stalks and
unsurprisingly there were hardly any flowers on it.
However it did survive the winter and is flowering now.
The flowers are less dense than the Starship.
Also there is Sidalcea 'Little princess' and Lythrum in the
2 Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'
The plant has spread greatly since last year.
However not really more flowers, at least so far.
After last years Liatris disaster, where there was not a single
flower, this year I have about four.
I did …
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I am very late in finishing the July round up,
but as always it covers what was happening in July and
all picture are from during the month.
You can compare with July last year.
There was far more rain last year.
It was nearly a whole month of hot sunshine without rain, but rain
fell in the final few days of the month, there was also some rain on
In flower this month
I've already shown many of the flowers during
the month in previous posts.
Most of the following have not been mentioned before.
- Salvia 'Wendys wish'
- I saved this via a cutting over the winter. It has grown much bigger
this year and there are lots of flowers. I'm glad that I've now had a
chance to see it at its best, but I shall not be saving it for another
year, if it dies …
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Just some rain would have been nice, but instead we got thunderstorms with
high winds. I was dreading plants being blown over, but so far mostly
OK, although more high winds and rain forecast for tomorrow, so too
early to tell.
So here is this weeks Six things in the garden today.
For more garden snapshots in handy six packs see over
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This year my Zinnias were mostly planted directly outside in the
containers and are so much better than last year when they were
started off inside and grew with thin stalks that fell over and had
leaves that said 'Eat me'.
The variety is Z.
Whirlygig mixed so they are all different.
They are all pretty, but this one is completely stunning with the
electric blue effect around the center that looks like it is glowing.
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This Geum has flower stalks before, but the buds all died or were
eaten. This is its first flower. The plant itself looks very
healthy and is as large as the other that I got at the same time.