Not surprisingly the plot…

is generally looking rather frazzled at present.  Despite that I’m well pleased with the cosmos Sonata White I’ve grown for the first time rather than the taller Purity.  There are plenty of these lovely white flowers on bushy plants that are only a couple of feet high.

I’m equally pleased with the multi-headed sunflowers Ring of Fire, which grow to around four feet,with flowers on long, strong stems.

Further to Sunday’s post on Tuesday I saw this Small Copper butterfly, which is another plot first,  on the candytuft Spangles (note correct name!).


A thunderstorm warning has been issued for tomorrow but much as I want rain I really don’t want any torrential downpours which are likely to damage plants and mostly run off the ground surface rather than soak in.  The temperature looks like rising again to the high 20’s F/low 80’s C over the weekend and into next week.

Have a good weekend!


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26 Responses to Not surprisingly the plot…

  1. Linda Penney says:

    Awesome update thank you for sharing and blessings

  2. Mark Willis says:

    Like you, I’m hoping for rain (again, still…) but don’t want a massive deluge. We need about 48 hours of slow steady rain!

  3. Summer rain is a double edged blessing, fingerscrossed for the right sort! Xx

  4. Liz says:

    Pretty, pretty flowers. We had the first beautiful day of summer yesterday – 83F and no humidity! Thunderstorms ahead.

  5. Jade says:

    I have always loved white and yellow single petal flowers. So, it feels happy as usual to see your white cosmos. And it feels good to see that happy and strong-looking sunflower and candytuft Spangles with wildlife on them!
    I always hope for adequate but more gentle rain too.
    Thanks and same to you!

  6. Jo says:

    The Sonata White cosmos is lovely, I usually grow Purity but it can be rather tall so perhaps this a variety I’ll try. We’ve got a little rain forecast tonight but it doesn’t look enough to do any good. I do hope you don’t get any downpours, they can be worse than no rain at all.

  7. CJ says:

    You’re right, torrential downpours at this time of year can be really damaging to all the tall summer growth. No sign of rain here at all though, and I hope you avoided it too. That sunflower is a thing of beauty, I love the central colours. Great to see that plot first butterfly. I had a comma in the garden the other day, which I don’t recall having seen here before. It feels as though it’s a really good year for butterflies. I hope you have a good weekend. CJ xx

    • Flighty says:

      CJ fingers crossed that we don’t get such downpours. Fingers crossed that we get rain of the right sort! I agree about the sunflower. It sure was. Lucky you. I think that you’re right about it being a good year for butterflies. Thanks, and you too. xx

  8. Caro says:

    Good to know about Sonata White cosmos and lovely for you to see butterflies and bees on the plot. Some rain would be very welcome, the ground is solid here. Have a good weekend. xx

    • Flighty says:

      Caro I’ll be growing more of them next year, and they’re always a welcome sight. It would indeed, and it’s the same here. Thanks, and you too. xx

  9. menhir1 says:

    Ring Of Fire Sunflower truly sports the signs of its title. It is quite a startler! The cosmos look like they may be a relative of some of the larger garden daisies we have appearing around the edges of the garden. It’s never in the body of it, always the edges. I can only think that the edges have some peculiar attraction; what, I cannot elicit, as there is chain link fencing and two end walls. All the edges have the same array.
    I guess if you have a sufficiency of rain, the first run off may become a memory rather than a problem. That seems to be what happened here.

    Have a nice weekend Mr F.


    • Flighty says:

      Menhir I agree, it’s an impressive sunflower. Cosmos aren’t related to daisies but what with the colour and the petal edging some do look rather similar.
      When there’s a deluge it’s the volume of rain in a short-time that is a problem. Hopefully when it does finally rain it will be a beneficial prolonged soaking.
      Thanks, and you too. xx

  10. We are living in the kind of heavy atmosphere which sometimes bodes storms and always frays tempers – but the rain never comes.

  11. Too hot for the usual stuff. Cannot complain at all but phew!

  12. snowbird says:

    The white cosmos is beautiful, I’m hoping mine open shortly. Oh yes, no downpours, thank you. We had one and it flattened

  13. nikkipolani says:

    Very refreshing those white cosmos — so nice when everything else feels bedraggled.

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