Towers of flowers


The first of the Giant Bugloss, Echium pininana, have opened their flowers. Endemic to the Canaries, half-hardy and vulnerable to hard-frost, they enjoyed the mild winter and this year's display looks to be spectacular. Arising from the big bristly rosettes of foliage, the flowering stems grew quickly once the weather warmed and they may tower to 3m. Thousands of small blue or white flowers will open in succession for months, much to the delight of hungry bees. They will die after flowering, all their energies spent after producing vast quantities of seeds - seedlings will appear all over the garden wherever the soil is disturbed.


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