The bigger one is bigger than in the photo now! And the smaller one seems to have got a bit smaller lol. The flower has completely fallen off the bigger one now too and the stalk seems to be getting a bit thicker.
Echinops (common name, Globe Thistle) - Bee's absolutely love this plant. I have got one in my garden and there is usually two or three bees per head.
Lavandula officinalis (common name, Lavander)
Verbena bonariensis, Verbena rigida (same as V. bonariensis, just lower growing)
Lavatera (common name, Tree Mallow) - You can get annual and perennials of this type of plant. The perennial type I've got can grow big, and I prune it back every year. Bee's love this plant!
I've just had a quick look on a website that lists plants for bees (can't think of anymore off the top of my head ) and I noticed Heliotrope (Heliotropium) is listed.. stay away from this plant, as it is poisonous to dogs. I am not sure about the plants I've listed, whether they're safe or not, though I thought I'd mention about the Heliotrope!
You could sow some wild flower seeds (specifically for attracting wildlife) in a pot - This is something I was going to do this year, but forgot about! I will deffenertly be sowing some next year
orpheous87: Wow, they look so cool! What variety have you grown?
I honestly have no idea!! The ones with hundred in the name I think. Not 100% sure though. They came in a pack from Tesco aimed at children lol.
As for herbs for dogs, I've grown rosemary, parsley and mint so far. There may be some sage hanging around somewhere too. We also have lavender for them too. I want to grow fennel, garlic, dandelion, chamomile and calendula too. And maybe echinacea. I'd also like to grow some of that grass they're always eating outside but I have no idea how to go about doing that. I took some seeds from the grass in the field, but they haven't grown
Buddleias grow well in our garden & as a result we have plenty of butterflies, Red admirals, Peacocks, Cabbage Whites but unfortunately when the sun is out so is Lexie, getting her daily exercise trying to catch them
We grow Lemon Balm & Nepata Six Hills Giant(catmint) for the cats as well as some ornamental grasses which they like pouncing on or hiding in. 2 particularly good plants for hiding & shade are Persicaria Amplexicauris & Fatsia Japonica.
We also have shrubs (including Hebe) which provide shade in summer & shelter from rain in all seasons We've got a few trees but only really a Silver Birch which is really suitable for climbing. We had a Eucalyptus but had to have it removed as the roots were getting to close to the house! Roman, in particular, liked to climb that as the branches came out over the lawn (& our heads!!!)
We also have Lavender, Rosemary & Sage but mainly as decoration, scent & culinary usage rather than the cats, they don't seem to take any notice. Hadn't thought about using them for medicinal purposes though.
Happy days with Roman, Osiris & Lexie (remembering Chloe & Penny)
I still have a lot of flowers out in my garden - nasturtiums, dahlias, cosmea, laveteras and chrysanthemums. I have been waiting for the chrysanthemums to come out for ages and now they are in full bloom in 3 plant troughs in front of the house - they look gorgeous - must take a photo.
Everybody loves to garden because it means fewer trips to the store for fresh food. Your entire crop will be determined by the amount of pruning and preparing you do in the spring, so you need to make sure to start getting prepared today. Go out and plant!
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