Small Tortoiseshell. August 16.
Common Blue. August 22.
Gatekeeper. August 8.
Small Tortoiseshell. September 2002.
Common Blue. 20 August 2000.
Small White. 2001. (No full size image available).
I have bought 'Hot Bikini' seed. These are shorter, sturdier plants with bright red-orange flowers. I grew them from seed sown on March 15 2000 and planted them outside in the middle of May. There were four plants still flowering in December, which I photographed surrounded by snow.
I've also photographed a tiny moth called Pyrausta aurata on Helichrysum. It's a day-flying moth which I've seen in both the Cirencester and Wiltshire gardens.
Plant Type: half-hardy annual
Flowers from June/July until winter rains destroy
Height: 30cm-1.2m (1-4ft)
Spread: 15-30cm (6-12ins)
Tall varieties need support.
Cut some buds and dry in airing cupboard for use in winter dried flower arrangements.