It is very hard to center on one plant right now ... the garden is popping with astilbe, roses, and loads of different foliage. The coneflowers trying to burst open .. although strange things going on with them.
Their petals are looking utterly scraggly on some .. perhaps the lack of sunshine ?
This has to be the most gray summer we have ever had.
Especially since I transplanted the poor thing twice.
It is a wonder it flowers for me at all !
Once I found the right home .. a bit crowded with Ilse Khron Superior climbing rose .. but they seem happy to share.
Bottom right .. looks like they are coming from the rose foliage but their foliage is the light green to the left.
Now for a note of interest for anyone collecting lavenders .. one of the newer ones I found called
Blue Cushion has been amazing .. it pumps out the flower wands like crazy but stays in a tight mounding form that is neat and tidy .. this isn't the best picture but it gives you an idea.
The cut wands dry to a nice dark bud for using in sachets or even added for drinks and cooking with.
One more plant that pops .. a yarrow called Strawberry Seduction
I lost my butterfly magnet of a milk weed last year and in my rush I thought this plant might help out .. which if I saw any butterflies I am sure they would be seduced by it too ! ..
For some reason, maybe because of all the gray days we have had .. we have not seen butterflies ..
I have planted dill and fennel all over the place but I have little hope of capturing the wonder bug for another catch and release episode over winter.
In any case here is Strawberry Seduction !
A picture of a tiny life force that can't help announcing itself in the garden caught my attention too !