The slightly fragrant, pale blue flowers of this hybrid variety of the hardy Polemonium, or Jacob’s Ladder, make their first appearance in the garden in Spring, but manage to keep on flowering into Summer too.
The Michaelmas Daisy, or Aster, is a plant that shouts Autumn, despite not being of the fiery hues we become used to in the borders at this time of year. This lovely clump was photographed at Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire.
The Eryngium, or Sea Holly, is one of the plants I would love to grow in my garden but cannot. Since it needs excellent drainage and full sunshine it cannot cope with my heavy clay soil and the abundance of trees that block the howling winds. However, this plant was one of many growing very happily at Haddon Hall in Derbyshire, its striking metallic blue stems and flowers blending effortlessly in the vibrant borders.
I love the pale blue, almost lilac, flowers of the common Field Scabious – Knautia arvensis – which is known as the Pincushion flower. This specimen was growing in a wildflower meadow in the grounds of Scarborough Castle.