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Today summed up September pretty well - it started off sunny, then it
rained heavily and then it got sunny again.
A story repeated over and over throughout the month.
At least it was fairly calm.
It is getting harder to come up with a whole six things and I was
going to skip this week, but once the sun came out again I managed to
get a few photos.
This Primrose is in the border by the side of the house
where even the weeds struggle to grow.
It and the winter jasmine were the only plants in flower
when I arrived here at the beginning of the year.
More and more I can feel the year's cycle beginning to close.
You can see how it was originally
a few pictures down into the original January post
- it does look a bit happier now.
It also reminds me …
I saw a couple of beetles on my Salvia "Wendy's wish", they were quite
small so I couldn't be sure, but I had a feeling that they might be
I took a picture so I could take a closer look
and it does indeed look like one.
As far as I know there is nothing similar that isn't very rare.
I knew that they were a pest of Rosemary (obviously!) and Lavender so
looked them up and it does say that they are also to be found on
Salvia (and Thyme) species as well.
I was lucky to see a comma butterfly in the garden today.
I know that they are quite widespread and fairly common,
but I've only ever seen a few of them, so
to me, it is quite special to see one, especially as it stayed so
It spent all its time on the Verbena bonariensis, sometimes flying
away as if to see if there was anything better, but always coming
Just suddenly noticed a couple of days ago that a few
flowers had appeared on the Winter Jasmine.
It was flowering when I arrived here, so I didn't know when
it was likely to start flowering.
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Lovely start to the day warm and sunny, then got a bit dull in the
I was wondering if I would be able to scrape together six things,
but I did manage without any too recent repetition.
So here goes with another
Six on Saturday.
1 Salvia "Radio red"
This Salvia has started flowering again. I got it in mid June
and it hasn't grown much since then, so its nice to see
the new flowers.
Taking pictures of pure red flowers is difficult as they
tend to come out as a featureless blob.
In fact they looks like a featureless blob when viewed from
the house, so a lot of that is due to how the eye doesn't
see shades of red as well as other colours.
I reduced the exposure for this photo and it has
come out a little better than my previous attempts.
2 Pyracantha …
Don't often get a chance to see the Gazanias in flower, so glad to
catch this picture.
The plants were severly damaged by slugs or some other pest but are
now looking quite healthy. Unfortunately there is probably not going
to be too many days suitable for flowering as it seem that they need
both sun and warmth to open up fully.
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It will be Sunday soon, so without further introduction on to this week's
Six things on a Saturday.
I read that Sedum are very good for attracting bees, hoverflies
and butterflies, but I cannot say that I have seen an insect of
any kind on these ones.
Web searching does bring up many pictures, so it can't be a total
myth, but here the bees are still sticking mostly to the lavender and
Lythrum. Butterflies sometimes fly over, but don't find reason to
I really like these berries which form bright red bunches that
contrast well with the leaves.
I believe it is a Cotoneaster Bullatus also known as a Hollyberry
Cotoneaster and the berries do remind me of holly.
The birds are not eating the berries so far, but I believe that they
do and this causes it to be quite invasive. There are …
I bought this quite late in the year and
it was a small plant, but considering that it is doing well
with just about every stem flowering away.