B - Bunches of Blooms
Floral Friday Fotos fits my Bunches of Blooms today!
Indian Blanket, or Blanket Flower, is a bee magnet perennial. It also grows fast enough to enjoy as an annual.
This is Panaorma Red Shades, which usually doesn't look so good. In my garden it's the sacrificial lamb, always chewed to bits to save the rest of the bed. Spreads via underground or soil level runners, and boy, do they run! Like any mint family member it can be invasive.
Fast enough to grow as an annual, I "discovered" just a couple of years ago it's a short lived perennial in my zone. Short-lived in that the plants that bloomed for the past two years aren't coming back this year. I literally tossed the seed heads into this area, now calling it The Toss Garden.
Baby's Breath, Covent Garden
A lot of Baby's Breath is fussy fluffy stuff found in florist bouquets. I dislike that kind, but Covent Garden has larger simple flowers.
I started with two seed grown plants, which have spread to borage pretty much everywhere. A bee favorite, the pretty flowers face down. Borage is edible, tasting quite like cucumbers.
If you grow basil to eat, you don't want to let it flower. But, most of mine is for the bees.
Another one the bees love, it's prettier than this photo makes it look! It's perennial and you can buy corms in early spring to plant for summer bloom. I saved some seed last year and have baby blazing stars in a wintersown milk jug.
No a grass, but an iris relative, I grew mine from seed. It may be my favorite flower in the herb garden. It likes more water than an herb garden usually gets, but I make it work.
This is a kind of milkweed and this particular one is called "Gay Butterflies" and I get lots of pollinators, but few butterflies. The rare swallowtail passing through stops here though. It's a perennial that dies down to "fooling you into thinking it's dead."
Come back tomorrow to SEE what C brings!