I was looking back in my garden note-book to see what was flowering this time last year to compare with this month. The garden seems a little less colourful as several plants have finished flowering early and I lost quite a few in spring from the snowfalls (including a couple of Osteospermum, two Chocolate Cosmos, several Fuchsias, lavender and an Arctotis).
Anyway, here are six plants currently flowering in my garden. Some old, some new!
- Persicaria officinalis ‘Darjeeling red’ though it looks quite pink to me, I think the red refers to the stems. This is a new plant and in the ‘bee and butterfly bed’ and I am hoping it will spread nicely over the edge.
- Another new one specially purchased for this new bed is Lobelia ‘Hadspen Purple’. I had intended to pick up a Penstemon, but somehow this ended up in my basket. I love the really rich purple velvety flowers and fortunately so do the bees.
- Hemp Agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum) also known as ‘Raspberries and Cream’ displays ‘frothy’ clusters of tiny, pink flowers on top of long, reddish stems from July to September. Butterflies like the Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral like it as do lots of other insects. It is a wild flower and likes to be near water.
- Another wild flower also growing in the same area as the one above is Water Mint. It grows in several places in this garden, but I like the flowers it produces at this time of year – so do the butterflies (possibly the Meadow Brown in this case). It has hairy, oval, toothed leaves that appear in whorls around the reddish stems and produces dense clusters of lilac-pink flowers at the ends of its stems between July and October. Its leaves can be used in the same way as other mints, flavouring cooking and drinks.
- The third plant that is in the same part of the garden as those above is the very pretty Japanese Anemone. Which makes me think that there must have been a pond here at some stage. So many of these plants love to be beside water.
- And finally, a thug. Jasmine officinale ‘Clotted Cream’ which has been planted alongside the fence at the side of my conservatory. Unfortunately it grows like crazy and although I cut it right down last year it soon spurted into life again. I tried to keep tying in the stems as they grew, but it became impossible. As the flowers are at the end of these whips I have not cut it back, but will do so next month. The perfume is subtle and in the evening very nice, but the foliage far outweighs the flowers. I wonder if it needs some kind of pergola structure so that the stems can grow above, rather than hanging down. I have to do something about it because it is driving me mad! Any advice is very welcome.
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