5th June 2014

Like the bees, I’m focussing on some of the single garden flowers out at the moment. Two of my favourite single shrub roses have just come out and the bees are flocking to them. The Rosa Glauca (which used to be called Rosa Rubrifolia, both names relating to its beautiful blue leaf) has its tiny pink and white flowers showing along its arching stems, and later will have a great display of dark hips.  The Rosa Moyesii Geranium, which has strong non-thorny arching stems, (up to 12 feet high in our garden), has stunning blazing-red single flowers which open along its stems in a brilliant, if short-lived, display. It has ferny bright green foliage and later will have orange flask-shaped hips which stay on the bush through winter. Neither of these roses need pruning, just cut to suit the space you have, or leave to grow ‘spronkily’. Bees and butterflies also love the single nectar-rich flowers of Philadelphus, and birds love the seeds that appear later in the season. Even if you don’t have space for these, the Bee sign on plants in the nurseries give a clue to the best wildlife-friendly plants to buy to support essential and struggling insects. Conditions: The sun only broke through the cloud in the early evening. Strong breeze and dry. Temperature: Max 15- Min 9 C

Bumble Bee on a Philadelphus flower.

Bumble Bee on a Philadelphus flower.

 

The flowers beginning to come out along the arching stems of Rosa Moyesii 'Geranium'.

The flowers just beginning to come out along the arching stems of Rosa Moyesii ‘Geranium’.

 

Rosa Moyesii Geranium flower, with feeding honey bee

Rosa Moyesii Geranium flower, with feeding honey bee

 

Rosa Glauca flower and bluish leaves.

Rosa Glauca flower and bluish leaves.

 

Rosa Glauca buds

Rosa Glauca buds

 

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