Macro Monday #73

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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.Β  It is good for planting in wild or woodland gardens, where it can happily spread and likesΒ humus-rich, moist soil that doesn’t dry out in the summer in sun or partial shade.

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  1. restlessjo says:

    It should be happy with recent moisture levels. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Superb shot, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have come to realise that my garden is full of humus-rich moist soil which probably accounts for the fact that most of the plants growing here are classed as suitable for a bog garden! So, back to the garden planting scheme I had devised!! Other favourites will have to go into containers.

  2. Tish Farrell says:

    Beautifully caught. I’m very fond of Loosestrife. I also have a purply-black leafed one (small yellow flowers) which is a bit tall and weedy in aspect but a good foil colour-wise.

    1. Heyjude says:

      This gets too tall and then if it is windy it gets bashed about, but it obviously loves growing where it does and looks very nice when in flower. Even the whorls look pretty at this time of year.

  3. lifeinkarolingston says:

    It is a such beautiful plant! And great photo! 😊

  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Don’t forget the cleavers!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ha! You spotted it πŸ˜€

  5. Good thing you didn’t pull them out, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I was very patient Carol. πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  6. What an eminently photographable plant. Eminently photographed!

  7. pommepal says:

    The joy of a new garden is waiting to see what the previous people planted and this is a treasure.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Gets a bit too tall and then the wind knocks it down. This year I shall buy some plant supports and get them in place before it gets much bigger.

      1. pommepal says:

        Always something to attend to

  8. Such a lovely bright green. Beautiful image, Jude. πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Sylvia. How’s life in the new house? You seem very quiet these days.

      1. Thanks, Jude. All is well, but I’m not as keen on blogging as i used to be. I’ve found other activities which take up a lot of my time. We have a booked a week in St. Ives in June, b efore going to South Africa. Are you anywhere near there?

        1. Heyjude says:

          I am very close to St Ives. Let me know nearer the time and we can try and meet up.

        2. That would be awesome. πŸ™‚

  9. Su Leslie says:

    Fabulous shot Jude. πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Sue. They are very pretty when young.

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