Their fragility though is not all it seems and far from being ethereal and gentle this plant is a bit of a thug!
It is in a bid to take over the border and to dominate the other plants and the hydrangea and the spirea in front of it are in danger of being vanquished by this tyrannical plant. Never judge by appearances it seems would be the lesson here!
Speaking of hydrangeas - here is the wonderful deep blue one we brought from France, because we loved its unusual almost indigo blooms, just coming into flower - now resolutely pink! Maybe we should have brought some French soil to plant it in! We have tried feeding it with some special stuff but it has other ideas and prefers to remain pink.
The lavender alongside our driveway this year is an amazing blue not really captured in this photo - it is almost luminous.
The bees and butterflies seem to like it.
And my sweet peas are still going great guns and here chez Marigold we have little vases of them everywhere giving the place a wonderful perfume - now they are another delicate, dainty flower but at least the plants simply climb up the netting and are in no danger of taking over like their friends the lavatera!
Many thanks for all your kind comments on my recent Bus Pass trip posts. I did yesterday have a look at some different backpacks and am wondering whether to make my next trip to a different part of Devon or Somerset reachable by bus from here or whether to go somewhere further afield and start from there. I did have the idea of revisiting all the places I have lived during my 70 years but that might take forever by bus as they range from Liverpool to Suffolk and the Forest of Dean as well as Surrey, Salisbury and round here not to mention France which is not possible on the bus with a Bus Pass - but watch this space for further travels with a backpack!