Bee Friendly Garden 2015 - Ready, Set, Go!
I've been researching species to grow for this year, partly from lessons learnt in previous years and from reading forums such as this. I've not got much space so all varieties are compact uprights where possible.
I've tried to select varieties that are interesting to look at (e.g. Eryngiums) and intend to grow from seed in propagators on the windowsill from the end of January.
Any comments on these would be appreciated, perhaps if there's any tricks or things that are worth knowing that would help me/others, or glaring ommissions.
Anyhow here's the list with a few of my comments:
Allium (NECTAROSCORDUM SICULUM)
Allium (Sphaerocephal) ; Grew Sphearocephal last year against a fence (i.e. full shade) and they did OK. Bees loved them. Got 500 bulbs from B&M bargains.
Armeria Maritima ; Early nectar, compact
Bugle ; ??? Low growing
Delphinium ; Grew last year, but it was big, perhaps there's a dwarf variety bees like? Part of my "Cottage Garden" area
Digitalis (Foxglove) ; Struggled to grow from seed in propogators last year, perhaps I'll try direct sowing? Part of my "Cottage Garden" area
Echinops (Globe Thistle) ; Love the look of these, hoping last years come back with more vigour (no flowers last year from seed).
(Lupin) ; Part of my "Cottage Garden" area
Phacelia tanacetifolia (Purple Tansy) ; Spoken highly of?
Stonecrop/Ice Plant (Sedum telephium) ; Was given one of these, going to see how it does.
Scabious (Succisa pratensis) ; Got from last year, just hope they survive the wet winter with their low leaves
Sea Holly (Eryngium giganteum)
Snapdragon (Antirrhinum Majus) Part of my "Cottage Garden" area
(Sunflower) ; Multi-headed ones (~10cm flowers) always look good.
Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare) ; Supposed to be difficult to find seeds?
So that's my plan and will keep me busy for the next few months, be glad to hear any comments on the above or what other people are doing.