I’ve just posted Sarah Holdsworth of Bee Happy Plants some seeds from my Globe Thistles, Echinops sphaerocephalus. Recently, when they were in bloom on my allotment, there were 6 species of bee working them simultaneously!  I hope Sarah can propagate them so other people can have the pleasure of watching bees in their gardens.

I have plenty of seeds left so, if you’d like some, give me a shout.  The plants grow quite big – up to a fathom high and a yard wide with globular blue flower heads as big as your fist (I don’t know what that is in metric).


About chrissladesbeeblog

I have been keeping bees since 1978 and currently have about a dozen hives. I am a member of the BBKA where for many years I represented Dorset at the Annual Delegates' Meeting. I am the co-author (with Dave MacFawn of of S. Carolina) of "Getting the Best from Your Bees" and am working on a book of my own poems : "Bee People".
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3 Responses to BEE HAPPY PLANTS

  1. Margaret E Johnson says:

    Ooooh YES PLEASE! Echinops are fantastic. Lovely Architectural punctiation plants. I will have to get working on improving my drainage though. did your allotment get flooded I don’t remember?

  2. Margaret, e-mail me your address and I’ll send you some. My allotment was high and relatively dry but those lower down were flooded when the springs broke.

  3. Many Thanks Chris, that was much appreciated. I did try to email you but there seemed something up with M.Outlook as it was returned. I have been slowly separating the seed from the dried petals. Quite a task! If you would like some seed in return, have a look at and then email me and I’ll get somthing off to you.
    P.S. Thanks also for such enthusiasm (at the DARG meet) for my (non) ‘workshop’! It was very reassuring 🙂 in fact I was a little worried I was coming across as just a vociferous environmentalist as opposed to a gardener! But some things just have to be said!

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