Joining in with Cathy at ‘Words & Herbs’ for our final montage of the flowers that have cheered us through this traumatic year of 2020.
My first is a kind of obituary for Rose ‘Canary Bird’, which looked like this in spring.
I noticed when I returned home after 3 weeks away in September that it had been reduced to a few tiny stems coming from bare earth – the main plant had died completely. We have a lot of voles in this garden and, after a few year’s grace, I’ve noticed renewed activity in the Long Border this year. They tunnel out from the walls and have a nasty habit of eating everything I plant – most of my roses are planted in wire baskets, as a result – but not ‘Canary Bird’. Plus, this rose has a tendency to die off in patches. (I’ve read it on the internet – it must be true!) But it’s sad to see a shrub that was planted in 2014 reduced to almost nothing. That’s our garden – not easy at all. Still, the suckers give me hope
My others are happier shots.
This posy of marigolds and epimedium leaves was picked, but never quite made it to Cathy’s ‘Vase on Monday’ at ‘Rambling in the Garden’. I photographed it as it lay on the grass – the last flowers in the garden are too pretty to waste, I think. I think of you often, Monday ‘Vasers’, although I so rarely join in!
I think this is a comma butterfly on the Verbena bonariensis in the Hornbeam Gardens. Experts out there?
Finally – Cathy at Words & Herbs is considering that perhaps we should make this ‘Week of Flowers’ an annual event? I second that – and sincerely hope that half of my year’s worth of pictures will not have disappeared by the time we reach November 2021, as they did in 2020. Go on over to ‘Words & Herbs’ and look at everyone’s final offering!
Have a wonderful weekend and a fine end to the year!