20th July 2014

Purple and lilac flowers in the wild are very attractive to Bumblebees, who can see the colour very clearly and whose numbers have fallen so dramatically recently. All the mauve flowers shown today, that grow so well on dry chalk and limestone areas like the White Peak nearby, can be easily grown in the garden, alongside many garden varieties of the same families. They attract insects, moths, bees and butterflies so they can really help boost nectar for struggling  species. In research carried out by Queen Mary’s College, London, Bumblebees not only preferred purple flowers in many cases, but colonies feeding on purple flowers collected 41% more nectar than from blue flowers.Conditions:  Following more heavy rain and thunderstorms at night, a fresher day with some sun. Temperature: Max  22- Min 17 C

 Meadow Cranesbill.

Meadow Cranesbill.

Meadow Cranesbill, easily grown in the garden, and the parent of many of the beautiful hardy geraniums developed for gardens.

Meadow Cranesbill, easily grown in the garden, and the parent of many of the beautiful hardy geraniums bred for gardens.

The delicate, wonderful Harebell (called Bluebell in Scotland) that looks good in rough grass or alpine beds. Of course there are many other campanulas of al heights and forms, for gardens.

The delicate Harebell (called Bluebell in Scotland) that looks good in rough grass or alpine beds. Of course there are many other campanulas of all heights and forms, specifically for gardens.

A Meadow Brown Butterfly feeding on Field Scabious, out now in the White Peak. This and other Knautia varieties are easy to grow in any garden.

A Meadow Brown Butterfly feeding on Field Scabious, out now in the White Peak. This and other Knautia varieties are easy to grow in any garden.

 

 

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