My single Echinacea flower

I know it doesn't look much, but I get so pleased whenever I see this flower.

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 flower bud.

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Butterflies seen recently

These are the butterflies seen during August. I am no expert on identifying them so I hope I have got the right names.

Comma butterfly

This was on a Geum 'Lady Stratheden'. Seen on the 1st of August.

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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.

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Butterfly on Helianthus

Not sure what this is, it may be a Small Copper. Seen on the 25th August.

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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.

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Peacock butterfly

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.

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Gladioli

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.

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Six on the 11th

1 Lobelia

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 this year.

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 background.

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2 Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'

The plant has spread greatly since last year. However not really more flowers, at least so far.

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3 Liatris

After last years Liatris disaster, where there was not a single flower, this year I have about four. I did …

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End of July round up

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 the 16th.

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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Six on Saturday 28 July

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 at The Propagator.

1. Zinnia

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. Glad that the photo captures the effect …

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Geum 'Lady Stratheden'

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.

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