B - Bunches of Blooms

Floral Friday Fotos fits my Bunches of Blooms today!  

Blanketflower

Indian Blanket, or Blanket Flower, is a bee magnet perennial.  It also grows fast enough to enjoy as an annual.

Bee Balm

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.

 
Bachelor Buttons
 
Also called cornflowers, you can see the traditional blue in the above photo with bee balm.  Below is pink and a few bright purple.

Black-eyed Susan 

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. 

Blueberry, Draper

Borage

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.

Basil 

If you grow basil to eat, you don't want to let it flower. But, most of mine is for the bees.

Blazing Star

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.

Blue-eyed Grass 

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.

Butterfly Weed

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!



Comments

  1. Lovely blooms and I love the little factioids that go with each plant. Didn't know that flowering basil isn't for eating.

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    1. You can eat it, but it won't taste very good. Many herbs don't taste as good once they flower. But, most are perennial, so I just let them flower for the pollinators, and the plants produces more good leaves. Not basil, since it's annual.

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  2. Beautiful blooms for B. I recently posted an Indian Blanket flower with a bee too. They are such pretty flowers. They grow wild in my yard. :)

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    1. Lucky you! They planted it in sidewalk areas in my downtown, and it returns year after year. I like it so much better than if they put in petunias or some bright annual.

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  3. Pretty flowers, I like Bourrache (Borage), and it's my father's favorite too, as his bees love it ;)

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    1. Oh, they do love borage! Especially the big fat black ones, I am not sure what kind of bee they are.

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  4. I am blown over by the variety of blooms, Lisa! So many and what gorgeousness! Love the info with it. Would love to use it as reference sometime when possible, if you are ok with it.
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    1. Sure are! I was surprised how many different flowers I had for some of the letters.

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  6. Nice photography, as always, and I'm smiling because some of your successes are my total garden fails. Bee Balm will not grow in my garden, even the mildew resistant ones. Blue-eyed grass was another fail (although we had it when we lived in NW Arkansas. The Blanket Flower and Bees was my favorite photograph.

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    1. This is so strange, I replied to the comments earlier today, and they disappeared. Our old iPhones take pretty good close-ups! I love the blue-eyed grass. I haven't gotten any to germinate in the past two years. I'm glad they spread on their own.

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  7. I use to have a lot of Black-eyed Susan's when I did a floral garden although it's been a few years now. Your pictures are beautiful - so many gorgeous plants. Weekends In Maine

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    1. Thank you. From the looks of the area right now, I don't think I'll have quite the thicket of them as last year.

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  8. I love the smell of bee balm. So many pretty flowers!
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    1. Thank you. Many of them do smell wonderful.

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  9. I love everything about the blanket flower! That photo is gorgeous! :)

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    1. Thank you. I noticed one of mine is coming back. I love them.

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