Friday, January 6, 2012

Some Summer White Flowers

Dahlias in the Turmeric bed

The flowers are very attractive to bees and beneficial insects. It is worth waiting for the seed to go brown before removing the plants. Seed scattered around these plants will germinate as soon as the autumn rains begin.
Leucanthemum x superbum 'Chiffon'
A terrific Shasta daisy with petals which are crimped at the edges. Flowering on tall stems.

Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'
What always amazes me about Echinacea is that they go completely dormant and underground over winter and then before you know it they are back in flower again so quickly. The white flowering form is a bit lower growing and more compact so is able to stand up to strong wind more easily.

Sambucus nigra
Lovely flat plates of flowers at this time of year . As the flowers drop off the whole umbel turns a vibrant dark burgundy red.
White flowering Borage
 Borago officinalis alba

The cycle of flowering, seeding and regrowing in a different spot continues all year for both the blue and this less common white flowering form of the wonderful Borage.


  1. Love white flowers! Have you made any elderflower cordial or fritters?

  2. Hi Dalene,
    I have read about the uses of Elderflower but have yet to try making anything with it.

  3. I've never seen white echinacea flowers before. My purple ones are still waiting to bloom! I've also acquired an elderberry plant and have no idea what to do with it!

  4. Be careful where you plant the Elderberry as it can grow huge and sucker everywhere