Thursday, 9 August 2012
What is it?
It is definitely an insect- pleaser and that is why I have allowed it to remain for the time being but truth be told, I am not very fond of it.
Can anyone enlighten me to what it might be? I don't know if it came in my Sarah Raven seed packet or if it is just a rogue seed that planted itself!
Edited 10 August The mystery has been revealed! I was looking through my Sarah Raven seed catalogue, and on page 71 the plant looked right back at me! It is called Phacelia tanacetifolia, a hardy annual and a popular green manure.
I did some research and found out that it is one of the top 20 honey-producing flowers for honeybees, and also attracts bumble bees and hover flies. It can grow a metre high and is excellent as a cut flower. As it is taking over my wildflower patch I think I will use some in floral arrangements. There will be plenty left for the insects. It wasn't supposed to be in my classic annual mix and must have accidentally been put into it. I will save some of the seed and put into a different area of the garden next year.