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Plant of the week- Kniphofia rooperi

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This weeks plant of the week, is one of the last flowering red hot pokers and for me it is one of the best as well, I love the shape and the colour of this special red hot poker that really light up the border like a torch! The 3-4ft flower spikes are borne over the evergreen foliage from about now up until the first hard frosts hit, they just add a delightful torch of light into our borders, just in time to darken up our sometimes dull autumn days. Even when not in flower, the leaves, add a great architectural element into any garden.

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It is a South African plant that loves to live in the damp valleys and that’s one thing to remember when looking after it. Kniphofia rooperi loves to grow into a dampish humus rich soil, in a sunny area but it will grow in drier soil as long as it is well mulched and looked after. It’s very easy to propagate as well, either from seed sown and left over winter in a cold frame, from dividing up the plant in the spring, using a carefully aimed spade to divide up the clump or indeed from cutting the new growth in the spring and potting on into compost. It was named after the great German botanist Johann Hieronymus Kniphof. He wrote one of the greatest books of the 1700, Botanica in originali.

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This beautiful clump is at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens but is used in so many more beautiful gardens around the country. Again it’s pretty easy to buy from various nurseries like Hardys Cottage plants 

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6 on Saturday 9-9-17

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Well hello and welcome to Saturday, yes it’s the weekend once more and to celebrate it, we have the weekly meme so excellently started by The Propagator! This shows of six things that are looking good or happening in our gardens every week on a Saturday. This week I am leaving my little garden in Chandlers Ford and visiting one of my lovely clients garden that I currently manage. This beautiful garden is nestled down in the New Forest and is complete with a stream running though the garden. The soils a mildly acidic clay that has been worked for a good few years.  And here’s my 6 choices from this delightful garden this week.

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Hesperanthus coccinea was more commonly know as schizostylis before it’s more recent name change but the common name Kaffir Lily, is still be used. It’s from South Africa, where naturally grows in damp areas near streams, the leaves are evergreen so there’s something of interest all year around. But it’s this time of year, it is at its peak, with these large red flowers brightening up the dull early autumn
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Eschscholzia californica. The state flower of California, this beautiful annual poppy just appeared in this border, nearly weeded it out but I just couldn’t do it. I am so glad I didn’t remove it, I just love the brightness of this flower, the greyness of the foliage is also very stunning and brings out the colour of the poppy as well
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Lythrum Salicaria or purple loosestrife is a British native and makes a tall plant best suited for the back of the border. It’s also well loved by the bees!
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Eurybia divaricata or Aster divaricata as it was called before the recent name change. The White Wood Aster, a North American hybrid, loves a little bit of shade. It’s a plant I am never to sure if I like or don’t like, it sort of grows on me at times and other times, I just don’t like it. I am currently in my liking stage
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Kirengeshoma palmata is a unusual looking herbaceous plant native of Japan. It is surprisingly a member of the Hydrangea family. This woodland plant needs a damp acidic soil and is at home here in this garden. The sycamore like foliage is a great foil for the beautiful flowers
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Tricyrtis formosana. This unusual perennial plant from Taiwan is to me the real sign that autumn has us in her grip! One of the latest plants the flower in our borders, the road lily doesn’t disappoint, holding these unusual shape flowers upright. It is at home in the soil here as well as loving the deep shade. The toad or snake lily certainly makes a talking point in any garden

I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday from my clients garden. If you did please checkout other people’s 6 on the memes founder website https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ I love seeing other people’s plants and what’s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Until next week, have fun in the garden 

Thomas 

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Plant of the week- Echinacea purpurea ‘Virgin’

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Sometimes, with some groups of plants, it’s so difficult to pick out one outstanding plant from so many that are indeed all outstanding, both in colour, growth and all they bring to the party within our borders. That’s certainly the case this month with the Echinaceas. The range of colours from the original purple tones to bright pink and orange, down to the pastels of mellow yellows and whites and of course their differing heights as well of mix areas of use, from the traditional borders, pots and right to the fashionable prairie style plantings. It’s the prairie style planting that really has brought these plants to the forefront, where 100’s of forms are now being bred. As per any big breeding, plants come and go but some are real stayers and this I think is one of those.

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Echinacea purpurea ‘Virgin’ is a beautiful form of the purple coneflower, coneflowers are members of the daisy family that live in the prairies and open wooded areas of eastern and central North America. The name ‘Echinacea’ comes from the Greek word ekhinos, meaning hedgehog, the centre of these plants, do look like a little hedgehog with its spines poking out.

They flower from mid summer until the first frosts really and are easy to look after, just a bit of spent bloom removal and keep the slugs and snails at bay when they first start coming up in the spring. They are pretty happy in most soils as long as it doesn’t get too water logged during the winter months as sometimes they will rot off if they get too damp. This beautiful form was selected by one of the greatest plantsman and one of the main driving forces in the new perennial movement, that is still so popular, with its prairie style planting, Piet Oudolf. This delightful white form grows to 45cm tall and does have a slight fragrance. Like all echinacea, it is loved by all the pollinating insects, like bees and butterflies.

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It’s well worth going to RHS Wisley, as they are growing Echinacea in their trials area and they do include this one. It is also for sale on Claire Austins website if you fancy adding one to your garden! https://www.claireaustin-hardyplants.co.uk/products/echinacea-virgin

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Six on Saturday- 26/08/17

Well happy Saturday folks and I hope you have a great week at home, work or just enjoying the garden. It’s never seems like it indeed a week in between theses 6 on Saturday blogs, but this week seemed even shorter for some reason! 

This week I am going to cheat (but it is ok as The propagator said it was) and use a clients garden to bring you my 6. I do feel a little guilty about using their garden but it is a little bit part of me, I didn’t design it but I have been working there for over 4years now and enjoyed nurturing the garden from a recently designed main garden to the maturing garden it is now. It’s about 1.5 acres inside, thinish soil over chalk and it is a beautiful site. I hope you will enjoy my 6 from this garden

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Aster x frikarii ‘Monch’. Happens to one of my favourite asters, flowers for such a long time, with these beautiful large flowers just give me buzz.
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Clematis viticella ‘Betty Corning’ Again this is one of favourite forms of Clematis, just love the delightful lightly scented flowers that are borne for 3months in the end, making it well worth the money
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Geranium ‘Orion’ The largest flower size of all hardy geraniums and flowers for such a long time, from May to the first frost.
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Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldstrum’ more commonly know as black eyed Susan. Just a ray of bright sunshine in the garden at this time of year, I just love it, doesn’t matter if it’s bright sunshine or a dull wet day, it just lifts your spirits!
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I just love the effect yew hedges have in the garden, once trimmed, they look like a green sculptured walls, just the best backdrop to any garden or border. The line of soldiers here protecting the path leading to the front door. They just add so much to the garden here
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Eupatorium maculatum atropurpureum. Again a great plant, loved by bees and butterflies, this purple form of Joe Pye Weed grows up to 1.5m in height and just coming into flower now.
I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday! If you did please checkout other people’s 6 on the memes founder website https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ I love seeing other people’s plants and what’s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Until next week, may your fingers be green! 

Thomas 

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Longstock Nursery, the home of Buddleja!

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Well ok it’s not really their place of origin but Longstock Park Nursery is the home of The Plant Heritage National collection of Buddlejas. The Plant Heritage National Collections are really of great importance, these collections are of national importance, they hold forms of plants that otherwise would be lost to cultivation, these holders do their best to not only find all the forms of a certain plant but also to propogate them and make them available to others, again spreading the plants around the country and saving them from being lost to cultivation. Longstock park nursery (part of the Leckford estate, ran by Waitrose) is lucky enough to have 2 national collections at its mid Hampshire home, set in the old walled garden and its outskirts deep in the Test Valley. The first one being Clematis vitacella and the second, Buddleja species and hybrids forms of which they currently have 40 Species and 70 Hybrids (I never knew there was so many!) growing in large beds oppersite the long herbaceous borders, near the tennis court and spread around the park. These beds also contain a few of the hybrids they have bred onsite via their plant breeder and propagator exstrodinaire, Peter Moore. Buddleja aren’t the only plants he has bred some fine examples of  plants including Choisya ‘Aztec Pearl’, Goldfinger, Aucuba ‘Golden Girl’ are just some of his delights.  Cultivation advice is freely available as well as a huge range of them for sale.  Out of interest Buddleja itself was named of the British amateur Reverend Adam Buddleja by Von Linne in 1737.

I visited during the The Butterfly Count (sponsored by Waitrose) and they openly invited visitors to the nursery to take part, with ID charts and pencils readily supplied. I think I managed to count about 65 butterflies during my count. It was wonderful seeing them flying on all the different colours, size flowers and indeed size of plants that grow within the collection. 

Some of plants that really caught my eye as I walked around the stunning collection. I have never seen so many Buddlejas before. The collection was very well labelled and it was great to see such a wide range of forms being grown, from small dwarf forms, ideal for containers and small gardens (I brought one for my little garden) to forms that would almost make a small tree. Some of the forms below are just a small group of plants that I enjoyed as I walked around the collection 

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Buddleja x weyeriana ‘Moonlight’ Weyeriana is a hydrid between davidii var magnifica and globosa . They tend to flower a little later with some lovely scent flowers. Moonlight was given a AGM in 1923
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Buddleja davidii ‘Leela Kabila’ this beautiful form of davidii, doesn’t grow much more than 1m in height and is ideal to be grown in shade as well as sun. It was bred by Jack Jones on the Isle of Arran and named after a Nottingham doctor when is retired. I loved the chartreuse leaves, really make this plant stand out and would be great in a small garden
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Buddleja nivea var yunnanensis. Never thought of Buddleja as a foliage plant until I saw this one! No idea on the flower but worth growing for the leaves alone. Discovered by Ernest ‘Chinese’ Wilson in its endemic area of China, Yunnan. It is thought by some just to be nivea but not by Wilson and that’s good enough for me!
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Buddleja lindleyanna. A medium sized plant with striking long curved racemes of this beautiful colour. This refined form was discovered by another famous plant hunter Robert Fortune in 1843 from China.
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Buddleja crispa. This large form has again beautiful foliage covered with a fine white felt that makes the plant look silver, the flowers aren’t as showy but still beautiful. Introduced from North India in 1850
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Buddleja ‘Morning Mist’ or Silver Anniversary as it is sometimes called, is indeed one of Peter Moores Longstock Park hybrids. It’s certainly a long flowering form, in one of my gardens, it was still flowering in April this year, nonstop since June! It is a compact plant with a lovely honey scented sterile flowers, borne over some great foliage. Well worth growing in any garden!
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Buddleja ‘Pink Delight’ one of my favourite pink Buddleja’s, it was given a Award of Garden Merit in 1988
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Buddleja davidii ‘Blue Horizon’ a lovely blue form with orange centres, wonderfully scented
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Buddleja albiflora is in many ways like b.davidii but has a round stem instead of the square one with davidii. This Chinese form sadly doesn’t make such a good garden plant
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Buddleja davidii ‘Empire Blue’ one of more common forms and rightly so, it’s the best blue with a beautiful orange eye
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Buddleja x weyeriana ‘Golden Glow’ these weyeriana forms are beautiful and really are growing on me personally, this form, Golden Glow makes a large plant, that looks great covered in the rich orange-yellow flowers
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Buddleja davidii ‘Marbled White’ is a beautiful white form, with a orange-yellow centre, borne on a upright plant, has a great honey smell to the flowers as well!
One of the highlights for me, after seeing so many beautiful plants is being able to buy one of them, at Longstock, it was added bonus to get what I wanted. They had so many for sale, it was wonderful to see. 

I really enjoyed my visit to the nursery and if you fancy a visit it can be found just north of Stockbridge in the amazing Test Valley. Postcode is SO20 6EH. It’s open Monday to Saturday 9am-5.30pm and Sunday 10am-4pm. There’s no charge to see the collection but they do rather tempt you both with a great tearoom, farm shop and top quality plants. 

I hope you enjoyed my blog and enjoy a trip to the nursery. Until next time 

Thomas 

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My 6 on Saturday 12/7/17

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Well it’s Saturday and time for the great meme, 6 on Saturday! The last couple of weeks of rain (many thanks to the kids breaking up, we needed this rain!) the gardens have changed from dust beds back into our lush normal English gardens. It’s made it easy to get my 6 on Saturday this week! 

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Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’ I love echinacea, some forms are a little busy for me, but Magnus is prefect for my garden, love the large mixed colour flowers and that the bees really love this plant too
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Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ oh I love Gauras and have a couple in my garden, I do love this form, bred by Steve Eggleton, New Zealand. I just love the purple tinged foliage and then the flowers that appear in May and disappear once it’s frosted, this form is a little more compact than most forms and is prefect in my narrow front borders
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Agastache ‘Blackadder’ oh I love my giant Hyssop, it’s dark flowers makes a great foil to other plants as well as giving me a little height in the borders, the bees and butterflies also love it as much as I do! The foliage is also delightfully scented
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Geranium wlassovianum ‘Lakwijk Star’ another new plant for me, I love wlassovianum anyway, I find it such a great performer in gardens, the foliage is so attractive appearing in the spring, followed by a summer of flowers ended with a great display of autumn colour on the foliage, can’t wait to see this plant mature
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Pennisetum glaucum ‘Purple Majesty’ or purple millet, was one plant I have seen used so well in summer pot displays and always wanted to try it at home, managed to get hold of a plant this year and really loving the effect it is having near my front door, it’s giving me the height and stunning colour I wanted!
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Salvia ‘Love and Wishes’ again another group of plants I love, (tbh there’s not many I don’t like!) love and wishes is a plant I saw being used to great effect at Sir Harold Hillier gardens last summer and saw it in the garden centre a moth ago and brought it, just starting to flower now and can’t wait to see it covered in flowers

I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday! If you did please checkout other people’s 6 on the memes founder website https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/ I love seeing other people’s plants and what’s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Thank you for reading mine and I hope to see you next week 

Thomas 

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Plant of the week- Centaurea macrocephala

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img 1765 Plant of the week  Centaurea macrocephalaThis is my second plant of the week looking at plants that attract butterflies into the garden and this week it’s time for knapweed but not any old knapweed, this is the giant knapweed or Aremanian basket flower as it’s sometimes called. Knapweed are a great plant to use to attract butterflies into the garden and range from our own native Centaurea nigra, a plant that’s well loved by all insects to this giant form, that’s not often seen in our gardens. The seed heads are also favourited by birds like goldfinches in the winter, who love the seeds
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It’s a native of Caucasus region of Europe where tends to grow on the subalpine meadows at around 2000-2300m above sea level. It was introduced into the uk about 200yrs ago and has been used in our gardens ever since. It prefers a nice damp soil in a sunny spot in the borders, will take a little bit of shade as well. It is a difficult plant to use in gardens due to its height but as well as it’s attraction to butterflies it is also a tough plant and is disliked by both rabbits and deer, that makes it’s rather useful when they are a pain in the garden.
It has uses out of the garden too and makes a great cutflower both fresh from the garden and also dried. They can be easily dried by cutting a newly opened flower and hanging up for 4-5 weeks in a dry shed.
The name is also a brilliant one, Centaurea comes from Centuar Chiron, he cured a wound from a arrow dipped into Hydra’s blood by covering it with the flowers from the plant. Macrocephala comes from the Greek words, markos meaning large and kephale meaning head, so we have large head.
It does take a few years to get established, but once it gets going, it forms a good clump up to 1ft wide with the plant growing up to 5ft tall. It is pretty easy to grow both from seed and also by dividing in the spring.
It really is a beautiful plant, one that should be grown much more in our gardens.
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Plant of the week- Buddleja davidii ‘Black Knight’ 

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Well after a few weeks break with the Rose of the week, we are back to the plant of the week but with a slight difference. For the next month it’s The Butterfly count. This is carried out each year by the Butterfly conservation to monitor the more common types of butterflies we see in our gardens. So to celebrate this, for the next month I will be focusing on plants that are looking great at this time of year but also attract in butterflies. To start this off, it has to be the Butterfly Bush, Buddleja. There are so many great forms of great plant (check back in a few weeks for a more indepth look) but I have chosen my favourite form and also one of the darkest forms of Buddleja, Black Knight. 

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Buddleja davidii is a native of Central and west China, were it grows up to 8000ft above seas level, where it can grow in some  pretty poor soils, hence the reason it selfseeds and grows in any space in the uk, whether it’s a bit of waste ground, roof top or sides of a quarry. Sadly this ability has labelled it as a invasive plant. It was introduced into Europe by the French missionary Father David (hence davidii) from east Tibet in 1869. Buddleja itself was named of the British amateur Reverend Adam Buddleja by Von Linne in 1737. The form ‘Black Knight’ was bred by the famous Moerheim nursery in Holland by Ruys. It has become the most popular form of Buddleja to be grown mainly due to is stunning flowers that are the darkest form of any Buddleja. The flowers funny enough are smaller than the normal size of Buddleja flowers by are bourne on plants that will quite happily make 4m in height. It was grow away in most forms of soil, although it will struggle on heavy waterlogged ones. 

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It is pretty pest and disease free apart from the horrible eel worm. They are a microscopic nematodes that live in the young shoots of leaves of the plant, they tend to cause yellow patches in the leaves and deformed growth on the tips of new growth. To check if it has it, cut an infected shoot up and place into a glass of water and leaves for 30 minutes, if they are present, you will see tiny little balls of these tiny tiny worms at the bottom of the glass. To treat, best way is to remove infected shoots during the growing season and all old leaves in the winter and burn. 

Pretty easy to prune, I tend to prune mine in March and more details can be found here https://thomasdstone.blog/2017/03/17/job-of-the-week-pruning-buddeja/

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6 on Saturday 22/07/2017

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Well it doesn’t seem a week ago I was thinking about last saturdays 6, thankfully we have had a bit of rain and my plants have benefitted from it and carrying on giving me loads of flower. It’s made this week choice of 6 pretty easy. Some of these six have been flowering for months now and are cracking value for money. So here’s my six for this week 

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Geranium ‘Mavis Simpson’ sorry yes another Hardy geranium but she is a cracker! Been flowering since May with me and still lots to come, will trim her back in a couple of weeks, can’t bring myself to do it to her looking as good as this!
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Rosa ‘Louis XIV’ well for those who have followed my blog for a while, will remember this one from my rose watch and it’s still going so strongly now, must be on 5th flowering now, such a beautiful rich colour and brilliant scent and who said heritage roses only flowered once!
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Tulbaghia violacea ‘Silver Lace’ This variegated form of Society Garlic thrives in my soil here despite it being a South African plant, is pretty Hardy here as well, starts flowering about now and looks beautiful growing though the Catanche too
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Stachys Byzantina ‘Big Ears’ time for a bit of foliage and let’s be honest, this is a cracker, I love the softness, the size, the colour indeed everything about this plant I love, makes brilliant ground cover too!
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Verbena bonariensis. Can’t really say too much about this plant that’s not been written before, it’s a beautiful plant that almost gives a purple haze though the borders, I just love it and it’s not just me either, butterflies and bees are also mega fans.
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Lanata camara ‘Miss Huff’ time to plant up my containers this week and I love Lanata, their bright colours really light up my pots, their bright colours work so well with my other choices that I am sure you will see soon. Again it’s another plant the bees and butterflies love too

Well that’s my 6 on Saturday, I hope you enjoyed them! This brilliant meme is hosted by https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/, there’s some other very good 6 on Saturday there, please take a look and enjoy them, I love taking a journey though other people’s gardens, seeing their great plants 

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The Great Butterfly Count 

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Brimstone on a Buddeja

Butterflies make such a difference to our gardens, they make our gardens come a live with flicks of colour as they move around the garden, from one flower to the next, it helps to remind us our gardens aren’t just for our enjoyment but for the wildlife as well. One great way to engage with the nature that’s flutters into our gardens is to take part in the Butterfly Count. 
The last few years at this time of year, the Butterfly Conservation charity launches its annual butterfly count. The count looks at the more common butterflies that fly around the uk, so they can monitor how they are doing and also help monitor the effect climate change is effecting one of the major indicators speices of change. This wonderful project has been going since 2010 and last year had a massive 36,000 people taking part, recording over 400,000 butterflies and dayflying moths. It takes place from 14th of July to 6th of August and it’s not a differiclt thing to do, doesn’t make if you don’t know any of the butterflies that are around you, they produce a great app for your phone or will send you a butterfly chart with all the speices on the monitoring list so you can fill out the survey nice and easy. It takes 15 minutes to carry out, and you can either sit down and watch on spot or walk around the garden counting them as you go. It’s brilliant fun to get the kids involved, my little 5yr old daughter loved helping me carry out a few with me last year and still talks about it even now. It really gets the kids into thinking about both the garden and our wildlife. I also use it to check I am doing my job right in the borders I develop with butterflies in mind, a 15 minute survey helps me to keep on top of the plants that are working better than others and plants certain type of butterflies enjoy feeding on! 

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The Butterfly conservation does wonderful work promoting butterfly conservation around the country, improving habitats to help some of our rarest butterflies, monitoring so many diferent speices, improving our knowledge of butterflies, managing 30 sites and offering advice to other groups on improving sites. This is just a small part of what they do! 

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Small Tortoiseshell on Buddeja

It’s so easy to do, please take 15 minutes out of your week, whether it’s your lunchtime, spare time or even a whole school class or even take a picnic or daytime BBQ somewhere and add it into a fun game, all you need to do is download the app and take part of in it and open your eyes to the beauty of butterflies. 

This years count is being sponsored by Waitrose and it’s great to see a big supermarket take notice and sponsor such a valuable event 

While the Butterfly count is on, I am changing my plant of the week to my butterfly plant of the week, looking at a great plants, either cultivated or wild, that attractin butterflies either as a food source for catapilliers or indeed for the adults, hopefully this will encourage you in growing some more plants that help our beautiful winged delights.

Hope you will have great fun and enjoy 

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Peacock on verbena