Ever since the abelia started flowering, I’ve been on the lookout for the return of the Blue-banded Bees. They didn’t emerge from their burrows (or wherever they hibernate or hatch) until Christmas Eve.
And, like nearly every other year, I spotted a loner in the lavender first.
I’ve never grown French lavender before. Not really a fan, but when I saw pots on sale at my local supermarket I decided to get a couple of instant colour hits for my ever-expanding garden.
I thought I was going to lose one and cursed myself for getting sucked into buying supermarket plants. I persisted with watering and now it is thriving as are the two smaller English Lavender plants I’d already planted. I should have a go at propagating my old plant — striking cuttings are probably not that hard.
I haven’t shown you a skipper butterfly for a while. Here’s one now …
I found the plastic identification tag for the silvery plant with the purple flowers: centaurea gymnocarpa. The two I have are the Dusty Miller, growing 80 cm high with a spread of 1.2 metres. I reckon the one in my front side garden is larger than that. The one up the back has been flattened by the wind somewhat and is nowhere near as impressive.
Thanks for looking.
Do enjoy your weekend and the approaching festive season.