Pollinator postcards to enjoy. All off White-tailed bumblebees which seem to be having a good summer this year.
In celebration of World Bee Day
August already! And for this week’s six a slight deviation. Instead of my garden, I thought I’d share some of the lovely native flowers along our bog road, which is a small track just at the end of our own drive.
- First one of my favourite late summer flowers – perennial sowthistles. It has been described to me as an Irish sunflower and it certainly fits that description well, as they can be over 1m tall.
2. Mint, Mentha aquatica – one of my favourite smells
3. Next Purple-loosestrife, while native to Ireland this plant has become an invasive species in North America.
4. Greater willowherb , while it can take over does have a pretty flower.
5. Woundwort, as it’s names suggest was used as a herbal medicine to treat wounds. It is thought to have wound healing and antiseptic qualities.
6. And finally common knapweed, a late flowering summer plant loved by bees . Like woundwort it was also use medicinally to treat wounds, bruises, sores, and sore throats.
Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.