Astrantia major subsp. involucrata ‘Shaggy’

Astrantia major subsp. involucrata ‘Shaggy’ is a real winner, especially in Northern England. This species grows best in a damp, sunny spot. Blooming begins in June and continues well into October. The cultivar ‘Shaggy’ has notably larger flowers than others. These are produced plentifully throughout the blooming months.

Today I took some photos of Astrantia major subsp. involucrata ‘Shaggy’ in the garden. This plant is only a year old and is already providing a strong display. The photos are below, including a nice macro bee shot 👌

Butterfly Bush – The Best Common Name

Plants can be referred to by either a common or binomial name. Common names vary from place to place and from language to language, whilst binomial names are standardised worldwide. A species can have many common names but only one binomial name. As a professional Horticulturalist binomial names are more useful to me.

In the case of Buddleja sp. the common name “Butterfly Bush” has to be my preference. Today I took some photographs of the butterflies enjoying their bush! Photos below.


Above Vanessa atalanta.


Above Aglais io.

Photographing Bees

In the Mediterranean the growing season moves quickly, most flowering happens during Spring. So as not to miss any of the Botanical Gardens fantastic blooms I try to walk at least one of the phytogeographical sections every evening. When I walk I always carry my camera. Whilst photographing the flowers I sometimes catch a few bees in the act (of pollination), these are some of my favourite photos and I wanted to share them with you.

Osteospermum sp.

Limonium perezii


Scilla hyacinthoides 

Crataegus azarolus


Lavandula sp.