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In a Vase on Monday – herbaceous perennials

Our local garden centre is having a half-price sale of Herbaceous Perennials

I needed to snip off the flowers of some of them before planting and these blooms made it into this week’s Vase

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A Chinese ‘foxglove’

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A delicate lilac coloured scabiousDSC_0636 DSC_0641DSC_0644

A Catananche, which can be used for drying apparentlyDSC_0647

A deep crimson scabious
DSC_0648and a few othersDSC_0641 (1)I’m looking forward to seeing if any of them come into flower again this summer, or will I have to wait til next year.

And does anyone know the name of this little beauty who was on my ceiling today.

Update: I think it is a ‘Small Magpie’

Food: The larvae feed on stinging nettles, mint and bindweed. The caterpillars remain hidden from predators by feeding inside a rolled up leaf.

DSC_0640 (1)Pop across to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see other wonderful vases from around the world.

Another one for you Lizi

Look who came to visit today

zmothAnd sat very obligingly on the lily, that is just outside my front door, while I went to get the camera and didn’t seem to mind being photographed at all



I wouldn’t be surprised if it has Zebra somewhere in its name,

but boy is he handsome!

Can you tell me the name of this moth?

I have been bemoaning the lack of moths around recently and was delighted to see this little beauty on my bedroom ceiling this morning


It is about 2cm long and slightly more corally pink in colour than the picture.

A quick search on the net has not revealed it’s name so if you know – I’d love to hear from you.

There seems to be a bit of a wildlife theme running at the mo ……. hmmm … it must be Summer!

Update: 9.Aug.

Hurray! A lovely friend has found the Moth in one of her son’s old creepy crawly books!

It’s a Rosy Footman – what a gorgeous name!

Thank you so much Liz – I love a mystery solved!

Having found the name I then wondered how this beautiful little pink moth had come by its name. On this Cumbrian website I found this explanation

By the 1770’s a few hundred species had been identified and it must have become harder to think up obvious names, so the Gentlemen entomologists turned to Georgian dress codes for their names. So here we get the sombre Quakers, shining Satins, furry Ermines, raisedBrocades and, for the ones they couldn’t be much bothered with, the Rustics in drab brown garb! Back in upper class mode and the home, there are the Footmen (wings folded straight back like a liveried servant standing to attention), the Wainscots (the texture of oak panelling in the drawing rooms of the day), the Mochas (the pattern of a semi-precious stone) and the pretty Carpets.