Six on Saturday – Back in Wales

It’s been another busy week, starting with Sunday at the Worcestershire Golf Club and for me a very brave venture outside of my golfing comfort zone, but I’m not dwelling on the game, I’m including a picture of one of the many wildflower areas on the course as my first of six. This weekend we’re in Wales and the remaining five pictures are of plants in our garden.

Golf course or wildflower meadow? What a pleasure and how beautiful its areas of wildflower are – this one filled with cornflower, cosmos and nigella to name but a few.

On to Wales and our garden, where my first choice is this gorgeous hemerocallis ‘Frans Hal’ purchased from Farmyard Nurseries in Llandysul the last time we were here. It’s a tall variety at up to 90cm and loves a well drained sunny position. I’ve planted it in a border we recently revamped due to an entanglement of weeds and invasive perennial plants – and was also over shadowed by a very large, out of place berberis (it’s gone).

Lysimachia clethroides – the goose necked loosestrife has been in the garden since we arrived and like other lysimachias, it’s got an indefinite spread. However this one is no thug, it’s much easier to control than for example lysimachia ciliata ‘Firecracker’, which is growing in the same border. I like quirky, so when we re-planted the border the goose neck sits in, we saved a couple of clumps.

An amazing sight – I have never seen so many bees, solitary and bumble on a single plant. This globe thistle, echinops bannaticus is just buzzing! I’ve also not seen a small blue butterfly actually settle before, they usually flutter away in a blink of the eye, but this one seems very comfortable with her dinner guests!

Growing below a lovely pieris in this border are acanthus mollis, persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Firetail’ and rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’. This area is doing well (by that I mean there aren’t many weeds) and certainly provides a splash of colour!

Finally, ligularia dentata is a moisture loving plant ideally suited to a damp margin – this one is growing along the riverside, but unfortunately although the flowers are unharmed, its lovely bronze leaves have been eaten alive (by molluscs)!

Keep safe and well!

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