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.