CHOOSE TOUGH PLANTS FOR A HOT, DRY SUMMER These include: Ballota acetabulosa (Greek horehound); Catananche caerulea (cupid's dart); Centranthus ruber (red valerian
); Erigeron karvinskianus (Mexican fleabane); Eschscholzia californica (California poppy); Euphorbia myrsinites (broad-leaved glaucous spurge); Gaura lindheimeri (white gaura); Nepeta racemosa (catmint); Perovskia 'Blue Spire' (Russian sage); Salvia sclarea (clary sage); Santolina chamaecyparissus (cotton lavender), and Verbena bonariensis (Argentinian vervain).
I have been busy collecting the seeds from aquilegias (Granny Bonnets), Forget Me Nots, Red Valerian
and Honesty and scattering them liberally though other borders and in wilder areas, and will continue to do the same as other plants go to seed.
They push northward in the summer and are mainly recorded in gardens between June and September, where they are seen hovering like a small hummingbird over flowering plants such as red valerian
and buddleia to feed on nectar.
Mae'n reit hawdd adnabod y blodyn - y triaglog coch (Centranthus ruber; Red Valerian
) ydi o, ac mi gewch chi flodau pinc a gwyn arno fo ar waethaf yr enw 'Red Valerian
The bright, lightly fragrant blooms of red valerian
provide food for a variety of butterflies, including their larvae, plus birds and bees.
Foxgloves, hellebores, wallflowers, red valerian
, ice plant and Verbena bonariensis all produce loads of nectar, as do many winter-flowering heathers.
LINGFIELD: 12.30 One Way Or Another, 1.00 Six Of Clubs, 1.30 The Noble Ord, 2.05 Haaf A Sixpence, 2.40 Derwentwater, 3.15 Red Valerian
, 3.45 Novabridge.
(3.15) didn't show much on his debut, but that was 7f on heavy ground and he looked much more comfortable on this surface last time out, staying on to secure second in a 6f Kempton maiden.
NAOMI MATTHEW: 12.30 One Way Or Another, 1.00 Six Of Clubs, 1.30 The Noble Ord, 2.05 Haaf A Sixpence (nap), 2.40 Derwentwater, 3.15 Red Valerian
, 3.45 Novabridge (nb).
Roedd 'na ddigonedd o'r triaglog coch (Centranthus ruber; red valerian
) ar ochr y ffordd yn y fan hon, er mai blodau pinc a gwyn oedd lliwiau'r rhain, yn tyfu'n gymysg 'r wermod lwyd ar ochr y ffordd.
A current one is a plant that grows so well in abandoned locations, poor soils and at the seaside - red valerian
. I saw a clump of this growing on the side of a motorway this week, but you'll also see it peeping out of buildings or growing out of walls.