The other side of the coin

A quite different day in almost every way.  The most obvious being that the sun shone all day long.  The spiders had moved out and in their place swarms of insects flooded the garden; honey bees, bumble bees, butterflies, hoverflies, wasps and a myriad of other unidentified flying objects.  They coated the sedum and the ivy flowers in a slightly menacing manner, lifting into the air en masse if I passed too close.   They squabbled over the verbena and the echinacea, they were so intent on their final feasts of the year there was no orderly queuing.  Can’t believe they were British.

Introducing Helianthella quinquenervis, new to the garden this year.  Last week I donned my crampons and ventured onto the Tennis Court Bank to hoik this 2m sunflower relative into something more like the vertical.  It was a struggle as it had been rocked on its roots when the sheep took a shortcut through this border and took some serious manipulation before it was back in a position to show off its sublime lemon yellow flowers.

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5 responses to “The other side of the coin

  1. That is simply gorgeous! When I saw the picture I thought it was Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ which I have recently acquired, but internet research revealed this variety which looks very interesting. Is it widely available in the UK? It is a lovely clear lemon yellow. I love it!

    • Thanks, I’m glad you like it. It was a bit slow to start but now is huge and lots of flowers coming! Can’t remember off-hand where I got it, thought it was Beth Chatto but just checked on line and its not there. Will check at work and let you know.

  2. Betsy Hosegood

    The bees, wasps, butterflies and other assorted flying things were a delight, and so excited by the feast – thank you for showing us.

  3. Michelle - Germany

    Just lovely!! I want this too so pls let us know!! Wish I had been there, with my camera of course! :-)) XX

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