As well as growing vegetables in my garden we grow a lot of flowers. Obviously we derive a lot of pleasure from the colour and beauty they bring to our lives. However, we also try and choose plants which we know will add to the biodiversity; which will nurture the animals that also consider this piece of land their own.
In particular we choose flowers that the bees will enjoy. It is important that it is not only our own honey bees that benefit from the garden, but also bumble bees; I particilarly love bumble bees. The phacelia is a particular draw for the bees, sometimes it seems to be alive with them.
The californian poppies have been very successful this year and are eye searingly bright. However, although they have not been as popular with the bees as the phacelia.
I have more phacelia ready to flower a little later in the season. They are in my flower circle which we have made in the middle of our lawn and which we hope will be a magnet for all kinds of bees and a pleasure for the rest of the summer.
We sowed the seeds earlier this year, at the moment it is looking very green ……. but oh! It is going to be stunning in a few weeks time!
In the meantime, we, and the bees, are benefitting from the plants that I sowed last autumn and are already in full bloom.