The first and biggest surprise is Dorycnium hirsutum. I bought this plant several years ago but lost it after a couple of years. As it is a mediterranean plant it was doomed really. I am really pleased to see it back. The leaves are grey with a soft velvety feel. The pea type flowers turn into dark seed pods which can be heard popping in late summer. A seed must have lasted and produced this lovely plant.
Verbena bonariensis is a favourite late summer flower. There are several seedlings in the garden.I also have a poppy seedling.
|Viburnum plictatum 'Grandiflorum' in May|
Finally, the one Stipa tenuissima to survive last winter is looking really good. There are also seedlings everywhere.
|Geranium 'Blue Cloud' through Stipa tenuissima|