|The entrance to Whichford Pottery's garden with added bunting|
|Convolvulus sabatius capturing filigree shadows|
|The sun lights up Agrostis nebulosa|
|Anagallis monelli like stained glass in the evening.|
|Happy honey bee on Helianthus 'Pacino'|
|Bumble bee (Bombus terrestris?) on Agastache. It was tempting to try stroking it!|
As we stagger into late summer deadheading becomes more and more important to keep the show going, but some plants produce seedheads that are decorative features in themselves. Notoriously poisonous, Ricinus produces spiky alien-looking seed capsules and the blue grey one which I grew from seed this year is looking particularly fine.
|Ricinus forming its odd, spiny seed capsules, with the Octagon in the background|
I allow some plants to go right ahead and form seeds. Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' is ripening now and hot, dry days are the best for collecting its seed, which normally hangs on like grim death until your back is turned, at which point it falls out and you only notice it when it crunches underfoot.
|Looking a bit tired now but producing lots of seed|
|Shake the seeds into a labelled paper bag .|
Strictly for the birds
Some seeds are attractive to the birds - I didn't realise that Geranium phaeum was an example of this until I saw a male bullfinch early on Thursday morning hovering like a hummingbird in order to extract the seeds. The more it eats the better as far as I'm concerned because this plant can be a bit of a weed.
Sadly I wasn't quick enough to get a picture of the bullfinch but I did have my camera to hand when a chain of young long-tailed tits was flitting about in one of our field maples:
|Young long-tailed tit in a field maple at Whichford Pottery|
|Lilium 'Mona Lisa' in evening sunshine|