Tuesday, 9 August 2011

coneflowers

Flowers of high summer, coneflowers (echinacae) are loved by bumble bees especially. The flowers have this disinct shuttlecock appearance.

While honeybees flock to the borage, they pay little attention to the coneflowers.

Bumblebees, however, slowly crawl across the flower heads of the echinacae and remain in place for minutes.

Imagine the visual impact of a large group of these flowers. We have one plant on the allotment and will divide it late in the season, but I don't think Piet Oudolf should be concerned yet.

I've added a link to Piet's website under 'In the garden'.

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