Gardens have been very important to many people during lockdown, especially me. Now that lockdown has eased and we can now get out and about, the garden is still important. It provides delight, beauty and happiness without having to go anywhere.
Many of the plants in the garden have been chosen because they attract bees and butterflies, others have been chosen simply because they look good and photograph well (in my opinion anyway!).
The Echinacea ‘Delicious Candy’ isn’t looking at its best at the moment, but it’s a fabulous colour. It’s looking a little battered, but I guess that’s probably how most of us feel at the moment!
Last year, we gave my Grandad a ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ Dahlia for Father’s Day. I purchased this one back in May from a fellow National Garden Scheme volunteer. It’s the only dahlia to flower in the garden so far. I’m hoping the others won’t be too far behind.
This butterfly wanted a rest and I think it was trying to camouflage against the Foxgloves because once it landed it took me a while to spot it again! Thankfully, it stayed there for a while.
This was labelled as a Sweet Pea plant when it was bought, so it was rather surprising that it turned out to be garden peas! Hopefully, there will be enough for a meal. A good crop of tomatoes also looks to be on its way this year.
I love seeing the butterflies fluttering about the garden, but they’re not easy to photograph as they rarely stop still for long!