Good morning from a sunny and warm North Wales. After a few days of breezy west winds, all is calm, which means the pollen is hovering, so I will be spending much of the day indoors. Hubbie has been let loose with a paintbrush again, this time painting the facias around the garage. That should keep him busy ’til lunchtime so I can relax with a coffee and whizz through some SOS posts. Here is my effort for this week’s Six on Saturday (mostly colour co-ordinated).

Heuchera ‘Marmalade in the shadiest border, looking lovely with its newer foliage. Time to remove the old leaves?

And exhibiting similar hues and shades, one of the many aquilegia in the front garden.

London Pride is in full flower now – four weeks earlier than usual.

More salsify flowers. I’ve had a sniff and they don’t smell of much – a bit peppery perhaps. Salsify is ready for eating when the flowers form seeds and the foliage dies back – allegedly!

This may not look like much, but the green spikes are English bluebells grown from seed sown last Autumn – all eight of them. Which I count as a success because:
The seed, which is naturally shed from July to August, requires moist warm conditions followed by a period of chilling before germination can take place. For this reason the ideal time to sow seed is probably in late summer, but with time, it will establish from seed sown at any time of the year. Sown seed may take 9 – 24 months to germinate. From germination to flowering normally takes about five years as the plant first has to grow a bulb.”

Last September, I photographed an Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar crawling across our patio. A few days later, I found one drowned in a tray of water. However, there must have been two because a couple of days ago, while tidying my greenhouse, I found this pupa in a pot beneath some sedum. It’s a weird looking thing; I thought a pupa or chrysallis was stiff, but when it’s in position (image 5) that end flicks agressively from side to side.

Have a lovely weekend in your gardens. I might transplant some lettuces to a raised bed later – or not!