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Whorls of Joy

When I first saw these plants emerging from the ground in my new garden I had no idea what they were. Flowers or weeds? I would have to wait and see until they grew, but given the quantity I was really hoping they weren’t weeds. In fact this is the start of the Yellow Loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata), with towering, upright stems and abundant cup-shaped, golden-yellow flowers with a red centre. Blooming from late spring until late summer above the pretty whorled leaves this can be used as a cut flower.  It is good for planting in wild or woodland gardens, where it can happily spread and likes humus-rich, moist soil that doesn’t dry out in the summer in sun or partial shade.

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Macro Monday #73

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