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Garden colour (and bee food) in April

Border at rosybee in April

Border at rosybee in April

I normally think of April as being a month for blossom and bulbs but this picture was taken at rosybee yesterday (April 11th) and really shows how colourful our borders can be with the right weather.

This picture includes

  • Erysimum Bowles Mauve (bright pink)- always and early flowerer but will keep repeat flowering until September, especially if the old flowering stems are trimmed right back. This provides an endless supply of nectar for a wide variety of bees and butterflies
  • Nepeta mussinii (purple) - flowering a bit early this year with the mild weather. It will probably want trimming about June but will then flower again for August/Sept making the bumblebees very happy
  • Calendula (orange) - self-seeded and very happy, again will flower right through to the frosts. Is mainly pollinated by solitary bees and moths
  • Doronicum (yellow at the back) - the earliest of the perennial daisies and really bright. Loved by hoverflies and some honeybees

All of these plants can be found in our plants section

by rosi