Meditation Circle

The garden is in a fairly natural state this summer which seems to suit the pollinators just fine. Angelonia (Summer Snapdragon) creates a colorful swath along paths in the meditation circle.

Angelonia In Meditation Circle

Angelonia in blue, white, purple and bi-color bring vibrancy to the circle as well.

Angelonia angustifolia ‘PAC – Angelos Bicolor’ and Angelonia Purple

Angelonia Blue and Angelonia White

Angelonia Purple

Angelonia In Meditation Circle

The paths themselves are overgrown with self-seeding Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower) which I cannot bring myself to pull out. Even though the labyrinth is unwalkable in this condition the overall contribution of the cleome creates an effect in the garden that is magical.

Meditation Circle

Meditation Circle

Meditation Circle

Meditation Circle

Meditation Circle

Meditation Circle

Thymes planted along the paths are in bloom underneath the cleome.

Cleome Soaring Above Various Thymes

Cleome Soaring Above Various Thymes

A few more glimpses into the cleome garden…

Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower) In Meditation Circle

Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower) In Meditation Circle

Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower) In Meditation Circle

Back to the pollinators, these happened not to have been found on the aforementioned plants but quite nearby. Here is Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) on Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’.

Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) on Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) on Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) on Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) on Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) on Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) on Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

The garden was full of these skippers yesterday. This one is enjoying Echinacea.

Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)

Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) Nectaring On Echinacea

Hope your gardens are teeming with blooms, activity and life.

26 thoughts on “Meditation Circle

  1. Chloris

    I am still looking for beautiful angelonia here, it is so pretty. Your self seeded cleome is fabulous. I have never had it self seeding. This year I lost all my seedlings, how wonderful to have swathes of it like this. Gorgeous butterflies too.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I do hope you locate a source for Angelonia. Recently a blogger reminded me there is a very fabulous raspberry colored one which I had one year but lately haven’t been able to find. The cleome was never planted inside the meditation circle but one year one showed up and I left it. From there it took off. Interestingly it is dotted throughout other borders but without taking over. I like self-seeders that I can pull out easily (if I had the heart to do so).

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  2. Kris P

    I wouldn’t pull those Cleome seedlings either! I’ve read it’s drought resistant and have been meaning to try some but didn’t plan ahead in planting seeds and then couldn’t find plugs locally when I looked for them. Do the Angelonias over-winter for you? They’re short-lived perennials here – when our summers don’t kill them outright.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Cleomes are pretty tough. They may droop in tough afternoon heat and drought, but they bounce back overnight and really perk up with a small bit of water. Angelonias are annuals here. I’ve tried leaving them in place but they don’t survive and don’t reseed. I’m surprised they don’t always make it through your summers, but you have really had some extreme heat.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      It’s hard, isn’t it? I intended to pull and relocate the cleome, but that didn’t happen so have decided to enjoy their flowers where they planted themselves.

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  3. bittster

    I love that you just let it do its own thing, it really gives a new look to that part of the garden and I think it’s nice to see such a change even if it’s only for one year. -Plus they’re beautiful!
    Angelonia do really well for me here in Pa, I always try to add a few to the deck pots since they last all summer.

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  4. yogiamandeep

    Thank you for sharing. I deeply appreciate the Skipper nectar-ing. May your winged soul enjoy the nectar of your inner garden. Many blessings on your journey.

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