A new venture this summer in the mead. Has a reputation for spreading, both by root extension and seed so we shall have to watch it behaves itself. Qualifies as a pioneer plant in its natural range. Attractive.
This is a specimen of the common or bull thistle – Scottish emblem etc. According to the books it should reach a heigh of around three feet tall and certainly no more than five on a good day. This specimen which has established itself in the garden has, as you can , see not read the books and has exceeded all expectations. We are allowing it to flower but not to set and distribute seeds – 500 seeds per flower with an in-soil viability of ten years!
A portion of the garden with insect attracting native flowers – monarda, golden rod, two species of milkweed. The monarda also attracts Hummingbirds. There is a dogwood in there too but its flowers came earlier in the year.
A friend of ours in the next street over has converted her front garden lawn into a medly of native flowers. We could not do this with our garden because we have so many trees and heavy shade – we are installing ferns – but this is simply perfect. Slightly envious.
There are several mature Catalpa trees in the streets around home and most have bene flowering for several days now. Ours came with the house and had been planted in deep shade behind some huge pine trees. It’s coping with life but it is not ideally situated and struggles to find encouraging sunbeams … bit now we have flowers. And what flowers they are.