A surprise

I never expectd to see the phlomis flowering this year.   This poor plant was felled by the cold winter. I had actually thought it was dead. So I cut back all the blackened branches and basically ignored it.

Well, I mulched and weeded and gave it some room. But I took no notice of the plant as it is located in the shade garden which has hundreds of other Look At Me plants.

And the dead man’s fungus in the undergrowth means I don’t usually linger.

But the statuesque shape and the mauve colour of the flowers is eye catching. If we get a milder winter, it might even put on more than one stalk of plant.