That’s right, it’s time for my monthly update of what’s happening in the garden. Hardly exciting I know, but I don’t guarantee excitement, just nonsense. This month I’m mixing things up a bit by giving the vegetables a break and talking about flowers instead. I’m not that big a fan of flowers, but there are a few that I like, mostly the ones that grow back of their own accord every year with minimal effort required from me. Insects like flowers, and I like the majority of insects, they’re good for the garden, so that works out quite well. I saw a huge green dragonfly today too, which was great, dragonflies are awesome. Anyhoo, here are my four favourite flowers…

1) Snake’s Head Fritillary

Snake in the grass… Sort of.

This one’s kind of cheating, as it comes out in the spring, but it’s still a cool flower. They’re not rare, but considered hard to cultivate, and it’s just dumb luck that I managed to get them to grow, and they keep coming back every year, though there’s only ever about four or five of them. They’re a gorgeous colour, have a really unusual pattern, and you can see where they get their name from.  My good friend google tells me that it is the official flower of the Swedish province of Uppland, as well as being the county flower of Oxfordshire, so there!

2) Night Scented Stock

Sniff the screen and you can smell this!

Not much to look at this one, but the clue of its appeal is in the name. It goes a bit withery and dead looking during the daytime, but perks up once the sun goes down, and the scent it gives off is absolutely wonderful. If you enjoy sitting out in the garden of  an evening (weather permitting) then having a pot of these around is essential, just because they smell so good. Why they open up at night I’m not sure, it seems a bit backward, but I’m not complaining. They’re like the moths of the flower world, without the stupidness and ugliness of course 😉

3) Goldenrod

A member of the pollen nation.

Bees and other buzzing insecty things absolutely love this stuff. It doesn’t smell of much, and it’s hardly the most attractive flower in the world, but it’s great to see when it’s alive with industrious little creatures doing their thing, and I believe people who have allotments and orchards like to have some of this growing to encourage pollination. I just like taking bee pictures with it! Fascinating fact (courtesy of my other friend wikipedia) is that Thomas Edison experimented with extracting rubber from the goldenrod, and the tyres of his Model T Ford were made of ‘Goldenrod Rubber’. Bet you didn’t know that!

4) Globe Thistle

‘Thistle’ hurt if you touch it…

Yes, another one that comes back year after year without any work on my part, and another big hit with the insects. It looks a bit crappy most of the year, like a grumpy bush, but then green spiky balls start to appear and grow, which then turn into purple spiky balls, which then burst open into lots of tiny little flowers. I can’t find out any fascinating facts about this particular species, other than the Latin name (echinops) roughly translates as ‘looks like a hedgehog’, which seems reasonable.

So there we have it, a gardening update and not a vegetable in sight. Of course  I’m not going to go without a quick mention of ‘Sarah’. Progress is steady, though something appears to have been nibbling her, so I’ve moved her out of the greenhouse and back indoors. She’s getting a bit bushy too, but a quick trim should sort that out. Still at least ten weeks before she’ll be ready, lucky for me I’m patient 🙂

There’s a stoned caterpillar on the loose.

Unsurprisingly, it’ll probably be an ‘Appearance’ next, and after that I’m not sure…

Peace… ses x