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Saturday, 10 September 2011

Blueballs

 
These blue balls of nectar filled spikiness are coming to the end of their season now.
They're Echinops (Globe Thistle) which are gonna be hugely missed by the bees n' hoverflies that have spent the summer drunkenly feeding from each tiny blue trumpet. These hardy perennials that we have growing in full sun are about 3' tall and apart from their annual chop-back, need as much care as a dead broom handle.

3 comments:

NHGarden said...

I love my Globe Thistle, but it is gone by and all dried up now...I probably should cut them down.

Catharine Howard said...

Tidy plants but terrible seeders!

Patrick's Garden said...

I think there's a bit of confusion here. There's a big difference between echinops and globe thistle. Echinops, shown here, are a valuable choice for the perennials. Globe thiste is a beast of a plant with big spikey leaves you don't want to be pricked. It's only saving grace are the flowers which you never let seed. Not a good garden choice.

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