Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips'
Our wonderful neighbourhood library has an outdoor enclosed patio with shrubs and plants (Come back tomorrow to see it). Sitting inside, I noticed its attractiveness and went outdoors to enjoy it during this wonderful autumn weather. I was mesmerised by this late flowering plant that hosted many bees that would fly quickly into the blossom, disappear and within seconds fly out again, much faster than I could photograph. It is a perennial that I hope to plant next spring.
Turtlehead Interesting Notes
Rose-pink flowers on dense terminal spikes perk up the garden when this stunning herbaceous perennial begins to flower in late summer. Lustrous, deep green foliage adds another attractive feature during the growing season. 'Hot Lips' Lyon's turtlehead thrives in rich, moist soil and light shade; however, it is remarkably tolerant of dry conditions. It grows 2-3' tall and can be pinched in May to produce a bushier plant. An excellent choice for growing in containers, it is also deer resistant as well as a butterfly host plant. To spice up your late summer garden,
I caught one of the bees as it was emerging from one of the blossoms