As is often the case at this time of year, choosing the contents of my Monday vase was not easy but in the end I deliberately avoided the more predictable options and chose blooms which are all bee magnets, being careful to ensure I was not cutting stems with buzzy visitors!
Star of the show is the oreganum O ‘Rosenkuppel’, now beginning to bulk up after a slow start. accompanied by the Succisella pratensis I featured on Saturday, an unnamed sedum that is probably S ‘Autumn Joy’ and Verbena rigida, accompanied by the delicate airy seedheads of Amenanthele lessonia. This verbena is new to me this year and I am not sure how hardy it will prove to be, but do have cuttings in the hydropod as a back up. The stems are in a small purple vase which unusually is not Caithness Glass but a lighter and probably cheaper alterative, possible IKEA. Sadly I have no bees, real or otherwise, to use as a prop (but will ensure one is added to my prop collection soon!), although a hoverfly did visit the vase when it was being photographed, but I do have a magnet!
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