I have to say that I’m not too keen on this glorious weather which I find rather hot and humid, and the air quality has become noticeably worse. However there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful during my early morning visits to the plot.
Here’s the first of this year’s sunflowers,
and how about these nasturtiums.
I’m pretty sure that the other unknown plants are phlox paniculata. They’re not far off flowering so I’ll wait until they do to confirm that.
The mystery flower buds that I showed in the post Just a few more photos… are now flowering and are layia elegans Tidy Tips. That’s a Small Skipper butterfly on this one. The new header picture also shows this pretty annual.
There was also a Small Tortoiseshell on one, as well as several on the nearby lavender.
It’s been really pleasing to see so many of these butterflies this week, and to take a few photos of them. Here are a couple I took earlier in the week.
Have a good weekend!
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