Regular readers will remember that 'Matron does not do flowers'.. well, our little pollinating insects do need a bit of a hand nowadays, so you may find that I have planted just a few plants to help them along the way. This Limanthes
is also known as the Poached Egg Plant.
The bees just love it.
If I can encourage pollinating insects to my allotment then they will help to pollinate my vegetables as well.
In fact, I have noticed that the simple nature of vegetable flowers is very attractive to bees and on many occasions they prefer vegetable flowers to flower flowers! Look at these beautiful Broad Bean flowers
are also a particular favourite, a member of the brassica family. These simple, open flowers are a magnet for bees, they love them.
How about chive flowers
? In fact, any onion or leek flower
is adored by bees. I always make sure I leave one or two vegetable plants to go to seed at the end of the season. You might have to wait for a second year in some cases - take parsnips for instance - they are biennial, they grow a root in the first year and then the most amazing umbrella shaped raft of yellow flowers in the second year. I once had a flowering parsnip that was more than 7 feet tall and covered in honey bees!
A particularly good flower for bees is the Borage
herb. This flowers right the way from April to the first frosts of Autumn and the bees love it! If you appreciate the subtle things in life, then how about a nice bouquet of vegetable flowers?