A plant that looked vaguely familiar recently made an appearance on one side of my yard. Since I don’t pull up each and every weed ( that was what I had presumed then) before finding out how the flowers turn out, I was rewarded with these blooms! The Spider flower or the Cleome. I had it blooming more than a year ago in the wild area of my small garden. But there was no sign of it last year. Maybe the seeds got buried and had to go into forced hibernation!!
I have seen a few bees and wasps on these showy blooms but I haven’t managed a decent insect photo yet! There’s a faint fragrance in the evenings, maybe other cultivars have a stronger scent.
The plant in the wild area as well as the swallowtail butterfly resting on a cleome leaf were taken nearly two years ago. Cleomes love the sun and it’s a common feature in the open countryside to see numerous plants in a riot of pinks! Especially on the edge of water bodies. Another good thing is that these plants are not infested by damaging insects. It feels like being rewarded to find a reseeder when you least expect one. Now I’m enjoying my days of cleome!!:)