Show us your flowers πŸ’


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It just means ruthless weeding not total blitzing

More from the garden

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Buddleia flowering quite well this year. Scruffy things, but the insects love them.

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Crocosmia is good for providing a splash of colour when most plants have finished flowering.

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Very important for butterflies

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And here’s one I did earlier ( this week)

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and on the same buddleia today

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Rosa β€˜Lady Emma Hamilton’ - bred by David Austin and introduced in 2007.

My roses seem to be loving the hot, dry weather. No black spot on the leaves at all this year.

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My alltime favorite.


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And a mushroom- beautiful like a flower

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Verrone’s Obsidian dahlia - the pollen appears irresistible to this fella

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Almost all of my roses (about 40 plants of at least 20 varieties) are doing badly this year. I have worse black spot than normal, while a few even have mould (botrytis), but, most disappointing, individual blooms seem to last no more than about 24 hours before they effectively shrivel in the heat. I still get the odd surprise, as below today, but it will be gone tomorrow.

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This huge dragonfly flew past me yesterday in my garden, then landed near. Wingspan is 4"-5". Super sensitive, but if I moved very slow, I could get as near as I wanted (literally phone was 2"-3" away) Strange it just didn’t sense danger. Amazing creature with a robotic swivelling head. Its wings are so fine, I have no idea how the structure stays together. Apparently it’s a southern hawker. Shame mob phone images are naff, as loads of detail lost.


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Those are very good photos.

I’m a relatively keen photographer , but I think the mobile has done huge positive things for photography .
Also a mobile doesn’t suffer as badly from camera :movie_camera: shake .

Ian

Nice scent?

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Yes, a lovely citrus scent. What with the colour, your brain thinks it is orange peel. I believe this particular rose has been discontinued by David Austin, which is a shame.

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Gatekeeper Butterfly

Phil

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I second that, the rose bushes have never been so lovely and full of bloom as this year :heart_eyes:

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As you say, an amazing creature.
As a keen fisherman of over 5 decades I get to see many types of dragonflies regularly. They can be very bold. I have quite often had them using my knee (or fishing rod) as a perch to ambush a passing meal.