It’s been the best year yet for the handful of blue lavender plants alongside the path from the hawthorn to the shed. Not only are they covered in fragrant flowers but I’m amazed at how many butterflies that I’ve seen on them in the past couple of weeks.
Yesterday morning there were several Small Skippers and Small Tortoiseshells, as pictured in recent posts, along with this Comma and a Large White. There was also a Gatekeeper which fluttered off before I could take a picture.
Included in the annual flowers that I sowed in the spring were two that were new to me. According to Chiltern Seeds catalogue the Ompalodes linifolia grows to 18 inches but my few plants are considerably shorter. The flowers are tiny, no bigger than my small fingernail, and noticeably whiter than white. I like them and may well grown it again, perhaps in a container.
The other one is Saponaria vaccaria Pink Beauty which grows to around 2 feet. I like these as well and it’s another plant that I may well grow again in the future.
Both are excellent for cut flowers if you’re looking for something a bit different.
Happy gardening, and have a good weekend!
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