Herbaceous Mysteries

This picture sums up my weekend.
Saturday was such an astonishingly glorious sunny day that I felt compelled to excavate the herb garden.
I dug up the rabbit-netting, pulled out all the weeds that had grown through it, and then reconstructed the fence.
Inspired by my latest reading (Derek Jarman’s Modern Nature), I took a trip to the garden centre for some highly-optimistic fritillary bulbs and purple-sprouting broccoli plug plants.  Into the herb garden they go!  If nothing else, they will fill the gaps where the weeds used to be.

 The salvia and borage are still going strong.
As I worked, there was a continuous buzzing and fluttering of bees and butterflies.  Sadly, only bumble bees, not honey bees.  We haven’t seen any of those for years now.

 This area was supposed to be devoted to Californian poppies, but not one seed came up.  Instead, I have these yellow flowers of unknown origin.  Maybe self-seeded from last year’s “wildflower mix”?

 And standing proud above them all, the verbena bonariensis.  I am SO pleased with these!  I hope they come back next year!

Mysteriously, I also have about a dozen of these plants, popping up where I think I scattered another packet of Lidl’s finest (39p) mixed flower seeds.  I have no idea what they are!  The foliage is a deep pink in the shade, and bright acid green in sunlight.  The flowers are feathery.  Does anyone know what they might be?  They are a dramatic contrast to the colour of the rest of my garden :)

 All that outdoor activity has left me feeling a bit old and creaky.
Today is a knitting day!
This is my latest project:  the Thistle Scarf from Tin Can Knits.  I am using Skein Queen Enchant (an alpaca/ silk / cashmere mix) in the club colourway “Strawberries and Champagne”.  This is a gift for a work colleague whose husband’s health has taken a sudden downturn.  She doesn’t knit and I feel the need to spread the love.  We cancer wives have to look after each other!