Two of the Penstemon that I grew from seed this year
are starting to flower.
This is the first and has a couple of fully open flowers.
I wasn't sure if they were planted early enough to flower
in the first year, so I am glad they have.
After all they may not survive the winter; the one I had
last year didn't.
Actaea simplex 'Pink spike'
This has been in bud for a long time and
at long last the flowers are opening
As they first opened they appeared completely
white, but there is some pink visible now.
Will have to wait and see if this pink colour
I don't normally comment on scent, but
this is highly scented and is noticeable from
My other Actaea is even further behind, the original stems never
developed any buds, but newer stems that are still quite short do have
buds. They seem to be no where near flowering though.
This is a smaller Lysimachia, about a foot high.
It is rather hidden by everything around it.
The flowers are white, and they curve a little, somewhat like
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I am well behind with writing things up, but I thought I would
do a Six on Saturday anyway, just to make the problem worse.
There are lots more sixes from gardens around
the world, see this weeks
post at The propagator for more.
1. Sanguisorba hakusanensis 'Lilac Squirrel'
This was one of my must-have plants for this year.
It is now at about its peak with many long tassel like flowers.
2. Lobelia cardinalis 'Bees' Flame'
This is new this year too.
The flowers are similar to the 'Starship scarlet', perhaps a bit
bigger. The plant is much taller, which is a disadvantage in this
location, as the wind blowing around the side of the house causes
everything in this area to lean.
In the background are a couple of the blue Gladioli 'Blue mountain'.
I have a small patch of these in the main area and they have …
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See the August round up for last year.
I suppose this is the peak month for flowers in the garden so lets
start of with some pictures.
: This was one of the 'mixed' selection I bought, that were all
red/orange or orange/red. This one stands out for being completely
Lobelia cardinalis 'Bee's flame'
: The dry weather this summer may not have been ideal for the Lobelia
but they have all flowered well enough. This has been perhaps the
: this has bulked out a lot this year. Strangely the place where the
flower stems were last year, is devoid of them this. All the flowers
this year are in front (towards the house) of last years.
Geranium wallichianum 'Crystal Lake'
: This has a lovely flower, but the plant is spread out in among other
things and there is only the occasional flower. I'm going to …
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.