I Spy, With My Little Eye…

… something beginning with “B”, basking in the autumn sunshine…


I actually didn’t notice the butterfly until looking at the photos later!

I was focussing on the Euphorbia in the centre. It is Euphorbia myrsinites, and loves this position in the rockery. The conditions are ideal for it; very dry, full sun, and chalky soil. I’ve read they can be invasive in some states in the US, but have never heard of them spreading much here. Has anyone experienced this?


A Stipa tenuissima has been planted behind it, and the pale lilac aster is Aster pyrenaeus ‘Lutetia’. It likes this spot too. In fact, I think it has become my favourite aster, as it looks so fresh and drapes itself so elegantly over the other plants!


What’s your favourite plant at the moment?

47 thoughts on “I Spy, With My Little Eye…

  1. Hi Cathy! I love the delicateness of it and the color of that plant…very nice,
    I suppose my favorite plant at the moment is our tree in the front yard. It’s name is William. Great yellow orange color it has.

    • I am intrigued by your tree called William! October colours are always a feast for the eyes. Our big maple at the end of the garden lost most of its leaves in a heavy rainstorm this afternoon, but the small one is still looking gorgeous. πŸ˜€

    • LOL! It’s on the left near some pink sedum… at around “10 o’clock”. I don’t think I’ve seen sumacs here, but have seen many pictures and they must be quite a show in the autumn.

      • Ah hah! Now I don’t know how I missed it.
        Being sumac-free isn’t the worst thing… They can be a bit weedy when the roots really dig in (as they have here), but the fall color makes it tolerable πŸ™‚

  2. That is a great photo Cathy, it took me a while to spot the butterfly! How nice she snuck in there like that, i love it when we get more than we were expecting in a photo. Thank you so much for stopping by last week and leaving such a kind comment about Moonlight, it really meant a lot to me. Wishing you a wonderful week, kathryn

  3. I grew Euphorbia myrsinites for a long time until it died last winter. All summer, I’ve found its tiny offspring in the strangest places in the bed and carefully replanted them; time will tell if I get results. I love it because it blooms early, but I’m not the biggest fan of its floppy nature. Yours looks better behaved than mine ever was!

    The noxious Eurphobia we have here in Alberta is Euphorbia esala – it grows EVERYWHERE!

    I adore the colour of your aster; so pretty! πŸ™‚

    • We also have the euphorbia “weed”! I do hope my E. myrsinites will spread a little as its dropping growth suits the rockery well. But like you say, the seedlings always seem to be in odd places. My Verbena bonariensis has seeded itself on our pathway – inconvenient but lovely too! Thanks for stopping by Sheryl!

  4. I wouldn’t be without Euphorbia myrsinites, it seeds freely in my garden but I wouldn’t call it invasive! I use it to edge beds and where I want evergreen low groundcover. Strangely, because it has been in flower for months my favourite flower of the moment is Perovskia, the blue is more intense than when the sun was stronger.

  5. My favourite plant at the moment is our walnut tree – with the red squirrels collecting nuts in it. ItΒ΄s very lively. πŸ™‚ Our asters are beautiful right now.

    • How lovely to see the squirrels at work (and play)! We have found a few green walnut shells in our garden (empty) and are wondering where they came from… the nearest tree I know of is at least 300m away in the woods, so perhaps a bird dropped it…

  6. No, Euphorbia myrsinites is never a problem and has the funny habit of leaving its place behind and settling elsewhere. The Aster is a dainty little thing and makes a nice companion for the spurge. My favourites at the moment are Miscanthus sinensis Morning light, Penstemon Garnet and the little Cyclamen popping up here and there.

  7. Euphorbia myrsinites doesn’t like my garden, even when I planted it on my alpine scree, I don’t think it like our wet winters! Litlle cyclamen hederifolium make me smile whenever I walk in the woodland strip.

  8. I like your aster Cathy – it seems to have a shimmer about it. Euphorbias are sadly not for me as I suffer from skin allergies so dare not risk them. My favourite plant of the moment is aster ‘Little Carlow’ πŸ™‚

    • Hi Anna. The asters seem to be the “stars” at the moment everywhere I look. Lots of people grow the tall ones that fall over, and after staking mine this year I decided I prefer them flopping! πŸ˜€

  9. Very pretty! Is it a Monarch? Love the euphorbia-the color and texture and I think the grass will be even more pretty when it gets bigger. One question I have…is the aster newly planted? If not, how do you keep it so small or is it naturally petite?

    • It’s a small aster… actually there are two in there, but it was only planted last autumn so it will get a little bigger. Its growth is not as dense as many asters. Apparently they have to be divided every few years. The butterfly is most probably a Tortoiseshell, one of our most common ones – we don’t see Monarchs here.

  10. How interesting that you’d share your little butterfly today! I have been putting quite a bit of time into researching what plants I will want to incorporate in my garden to attract more butterflies. As I’ve been studying, some of the plants I’ve previously used are considered invasive, and that’s kind of a new thought for me to consider. So I’m in transition! But I think by next year I’ll have this well planned, and hopefully have some photos of my own to share! πŸ™‚

    • I think the best flower I have for butterflies is the Scabiosa, but we have had so few this year – only the Cabbage Whites that lay eggs on my salad leaves! 😦 That’s why this one was such a nice surprise! It’s nice to do lots of planning over winter. πŸ˜€

  11. My favourite flower is my new Aster. It is similar in colour to yours but is tall. I would like to buy more for next year. I was given some euphorbia and then discovered about the allergy and so put it in two very inhospitable places. Its not died and not spread but adds variety.

    • I’ve never had problems with Euphorbia, although I’m a bit sensitive too and react to many other things. As long as you don’t cut it I imagine it’s not a problem. I do always wear gloves though. πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you! I shall have to wait and see if that Euphorbia spreads, but I actually hope it does… (or will I regret saying that…?!) Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Hi Cathy, thanks for visiting my blog via Christina’s. Somewhat spooky to visit yours and see so many similar plants and plant combinations! We must both have excellent taste πŸ˜‰ Seeing the euphorbia myrsinites in amongst the rocks like that makes me think, I have lots of lovely rock I am gradually reclaiming from a tired rockery at the side of our house, which I am planning to re-use in my front garden. Planting some of the euphorbia, as well as the thrift and Erigeron karvinskianus in amongst it has just jumped on to the plan, so thank you!

    • This IS spooky… I planted Erigeron karvinskianus last autumn at the same time as the Euphorbia and aster (right next to them actually),but it didn’t come up again. Glad you have such good taste in plants and I can get ideas from you too! Thanks for commenting, and have a lovely Sunday!

    • The asters are great for late colour, although mine haven’t done well this year… maybe the very dry and hot summer got them off to a bad start?

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