The Sedum spectabile – the bold drifts of ice plants that border on the lawn side of my rose bed have started flowering.
I love ice plants because they sparkle in the afternoon sunshine and have succulent, grey-green leaves, topped with large, flat heads of bright pinkish-mauve. The bees and butterflies are certainly attracted to them because they are a valuable late source of nectar. A gardener friend tells me that the flat flowerheads make attractive dried-flowers, but I have not done any myself.
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