A glorious Banded Demoiselle damselfly passed through the garden today, briefly alighting on a buddleia. It went before I could take a photo, but I went back to take a few photos of flowers in the garden.
Many flowers attract the local bee population too, and they can bury themselves in there. The Wild Geraniums we mentioned on Day 3. The other flower here is a bit of a mystery. It was a gift as a tiny cutting and has grown into metre-high spikes. If anyone recognises it please comment! (Edit – almost certainly Linaria purpurea, Thanks to Brian Eversham)
I love to have thistles in the garden, they provide such architectural delights. Both of these are still developing. The Eryngium will grow on to beautiful purple flower heads, with the Echinops turning silver before bursting out in tiny purple flowers that drive wasps crazy!
Alliums, like this Rosy Garlic, are always welcome and give early colour and good food for pollinators.
This Salvia (a relative of thyme) is actually the same plant. It starts off with the bright red flowers in the bottom picture and they mature into the red and white ‘hot lips’ above.
Bees struggle to get into the flower, but this doesn’t stop them. They bite into the back of the flower, allowing access to the nectar.
Snapdragons are also popular with the bees, and my favourite thing is to watch them fly up, land, then use a foreleg to open the flower and climb in. It’s well worth watching out for.
Astrantia is another favourite, and has the benefit of spreading itself really well through a flowerbed. The white but green-tipped petals are beautiful. Like everything in our garden, it is appreciated by the pollinators.
Finally, as a Yorkshireman, I have to have a white rose. This is a rambling rose, only just beginning to establish in the garden. Over the years it will become bigger and more and more floriferous. On which we’ll end. There are dozens of other plants in the garden, but these are what were in good shape today.