The beautiful white Echinacea is a hardy perennial which thrives in clay soil (always a must in our garden). The bees and butterflies find the flowers attractive and the birds love the seedheads.
My Easter cactus has been rather obliging this year, actually flowering over the Easter weekend. It has been a mass of blooms and looked absolutely stunning! It has been good to get back into some macro flower photography after the winter!
I purchased this Helianthus from an NGS Open Garden earlier this year. It is a perennial version of the popular annual sunflower and I have been surprised just how vigorously it has grown and how many flowers it has, which will grow again year after year. Unfortunately I forgot about it after planting and the stem flopped over, so must make a note to stake it next year!
When this flower arrived in my garden a few years ago I thought it was just another weed. I found out that the root can be eaten, although I have never tried it – I just enjoy the flowers! Also known as Oyster plant, it is a prolific self-seeder so if you don’t want too many of these plants, remove the dead flower heads before they seed everywhere!
We had some terrific thunder storms today and between the storms I managed to grab this shot for today’s photo. This is a beautiful hybrid tea rose called National Trust, unfortunately it has no scent.