It seems like ages that I’ve been waiting for Peony mlokosewitschii, or Molly the Witch, to open her fat buds. for long enough they have stayed firmly shut, in spite of us having a mini heatwave. Yesterday however, was my lucky day. When I went out to take photos for this post, I heard a loud buzzing, and found Molly wide open with a bumble bee for company.
The bumble bee was enjoying all that was on offer, wallowing among the stamens.
Soon though there was a little battle going on, a wasp was having an altercation with the bee.
The wasp won and the bee flew away.
It is now Apple Blossom time, this tree has such hard tiny apples that I leave them all for the birds. The blossom is lovely though.
My Bramley apple tree is another matter though, these apples keep me going through the winter.
A view of part of the side border with Mileum effusum Aureum and bluebells.
Lamprocapnos spectabilis, or still Dicentra to me, A new plant so still small as yet, but hopefully it will increase in size.
New last year, but just as good as the Epimedium Amber Queen in the woodland, this one in the back border really is an amazing plant, so many lovely tiny flowers.
Claytonia virginica, which is carpeting the woodland, has tiny pink striped white flowers,. It seeds everywhere, which is no bad thing in the woodland.
Anemone nemerosa Vestal, the double form of the wood anamone, flowers much later here than it’s single cousin. My little group is now spreading nicely.
A different group of Erythronium Pagoda. This group has much taller stems with far more flowers on each stem, which makes me think that my original group of E. Pagoda might be something else, maybe E. Sun Disc. This group are also flowering much later.
This plant has 7 flowers on one stem and no marking near the stamens, so I definitely think this is Pagoda and my other plant therefore must be Sun Disc.
New fern fronds are making their mark on the garden now.
They are so beautiful, such amazing shapes.
Uvularia is new this year in my new path area in the woodland. I thought they were more yellow than this, mine seems to be almost white.
This is a Speckled Wood butterfly taking a well earned rest after fighting with two others for his patch of sunshine. The males lay claim to their bit of sunshine by tumbling over and over with any other males in the vicinity, they must waste so much energy doing this, it all seems a bit poitless to me.
Fuchsia magellanica alba that got missed when I was pruning all the others. It is now flowering so profusely I can’t cut it back now!
My favourite combo at the moment!
Thanks to Chloris for hosting this meme each month, do pay her a visit at The Blooming Garden to see otherplants flowering at the moment.