I am madly saving seeds at the moment to send off to the Cottage Garden Society for their annual Seed Exchange. The organiser wants them by 30 Sept but it has been such a mild, wet summer that most are still not ripe or dry. However, sometimes I find the seed pods as beautiful as the flowers themselves. Take Canna iridiflora for instance, first the flower:

And then the equally pretty seed pods swell, darken and burst with ‘Indian Shot’

And in the case of the enormous and beautiful Castor Oil Plant, Ricinus communis, as well as having fantastic dark reddish green foliage, it produces some fairly insignificant flowers

followed by these brightly coloured seed pods the size of chestnuts!

Seed pods of Ricinus communis ‘Impala’

Perfect for Pollinators

Echinaceas are ‘perfect for pollinators’

The objective for the new ‘Hot’ border this year was to provide open single flowers attractive to pollinating insects and it is closely planted with Echinacea, Penstemon, Dahlias, Cosmos, Ammi majus, Verbena bonariensis and Liatris spicata. On warm sunny days the border is literally buzzing. Sadly, there are very few butterflies visiting the garden this year because of the rain and I worry about the decline of many once common species.