Hoya compacta – or Indian rope hoya – is better known for its curious curling leaf habit than its flowers, but they are pretty too. I’m finding hoya to be pretty easy care while being reliable in their flowering. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Hard at work – a frond on my son’s sundew rolls up around a fly, with other insects caught on the fronds behind. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Beautiful stamens full of pollen but don’t brush against them – it’s almost impossible to get the pollen stain out! My Oriental lily this year is full of flowers, plus a plantlet at the base is flowering too. Photo: Sandra Simpson
The summer garden is starting to feel the dry weather but while some things wilt, other flourish and there are still plenty of flowers.
Our monarch butterfly raising programme has been terrible this year – even with a swan plant covered to keep eggs and caterpillars safe from predators. We let three butterflies go in two days and have another chrysalis waiting and one fat caterpillar. That’s almost two months’ worth of trying.
I’m glad there are experienced people on the case.