Black medick is a yellow sprawling wildflower. It is loved by bees for its nectar and fixes nitrogen in the soil.
Touch me not balsam is an annual herbaceous plant in the family Balsaminaceae found in damp places in Europe, Asia and North America. After the yellow flowers die off they are followed by pods which forcefully explode when ripe, ejecting the seeds for some distance. These exploding seed pods help to spread the seeds for some distance from the plant helping its spread. As the flower is longContinue reading “Wildflowers – Touch Me Not Balsam”
Red valerian is a common perennial wildflower found across most of Europe and North America. The flowers can range from bright pink to purple and in some cases white. It was introduced into gardens before the 1600s, this plant from the Mediterranean soon escaped and became naturalised in the wild. It is known to attractContinue reading “Wildflower – Red Valerian”
Water smartweed is a water loving plant with bright pink flowers.
Great willow herb is an important source of food for a great variety of pollinators. Its bright pink flowers brighten up roadsides across the country.
Ragwort is a poisonous weed that is hated by horse lovers and loved by bees, butterflies and pollinators.
Marsh woundwort loves damp conditions so is often found on river banks and around ponds. Bumblebees love its flowers.
Green Alkanet is popular with bees and other butterflies but not so much with gardeners.
Teasel is a prickly addition to a garden. It is covered in thorns but loved by birds, bees and pollinators.
Verbena bonariensis is a common escapee from gardens that is loved by bees and other pollinators.