Another plant growing in the Bee & Butterfly bed that the white-tailed bumblebees enjoy is Allium Sphaerocephalon. These unique flowers open green, then start to turn a purple/crimson colour from the top, creating unusual two-tone drumstick flower heads. Unlike the larger alliums which flower in May/JuneĀ  these flower later in the year around July/August. I…

Lollipop Love

Verbena bonariensis with its tall, narrow, sparsely-leafed stems on top of which flattened heads of bright lavender-purple flowers appear in late-summer can grow to 6 ft (180 cm) tall and can spread to 3 ft (90 cm) wide. This is Verbena ‘Lollipop’ which is a dwarf cultivar and grows at half the height, although mine…

bee happy

Cephalaria gigantea. (Giant scabious). This impressive plant needs a good deal of room. It produces large, soft-yellow scabious-like flowers on tall, widely branched stems which attract the bees. In this case, white-tailed bumblebees. July Squares | Perspective


a white-tailed bumblebee heading for delights, though her pollen basket already looks quite full. July Squares | Perspective

Six on Saturday | feelin’ the buzz

Not my garden, I hasten to make clear. But the wonderful sub-tropical paradise that is Trebah Garden, down on the Helford river in south-west Cornwall. I have visited twice during the last week, the second with my macro lens in the hope of finding some interesting flowers or beasties to capture up close. Life’s a…