Flower of August

DAY 125 (8 AUGUST) – Sword lily (Gladiolus communis) (Midhurst, Sussex)

Liked the unusual colours of this gladiolus (officially the ‘flower of August’) today, observed while having tea at a Midhurst hotel.

In South Africa, I read, they are pollinated by long-tongued bees, sunbirds (how lovely) and hawk moths among others… but here in Europe it seems they mainly attract wasps (the insect of August), as did our tea things of course.

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