Memory of summer for Roda’s Critter Connection

For Roda’s Critter Connection Challenge.

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Whilst sorting photos I found this taken last summer of a bumblebee on Echium wildpretii. I figured it was nice to post a memory of a warm sunny day.

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These tall Echiums from the Canary Islands are on the edge of being growable here. They will not tolerate much frost but they also hate too much wet. The larger Echium pininana is frequently seen in coastal gardens in the western UK where frosts are rare. This Echium wildpretii is smaller than E. pininana (around 6 feet – E. pininana can be double this) and reputedly more tender. It only survived even a very mild winter because we covered it carefully in the autumn.

Both species are fantastic plants for attracting bees to the garden!

Sadly these plants die after flowering but seed can be saved to start again.

19 Comments

  1. I want those in my garden! We had temps in the 40s yesterday, so I spent the day pruning apple trees. Today, I woke up to snow. Blah! I have been using the snowy days to paint hives and start lots of seedlings!

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  2. What’s that you say? The E. pininana gets around 6 feet! Well, I don’t know anything about botany, but it looks like a very peculiar plant… It should be called a tree!!! πŸ˜‰ Really like the delicate pink flowers it produce. Beautiful pictures as always.

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  3. Thank you DominiqueπŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

    E. pininana does have a woody stem so tree is not wrong! It grows really well at Logan botanic gardens on the west coast if Scotland and I have seen it reach 12 to 15 feet there! With a cloud of bees around itπŸ˜‰πŸ’•

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