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Bee’s Friend

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This crop was growing alongside the edge of the rape field, in profusion.  It looks like a wild flower, and yet it has obviously been planted there for a reason. I never saw it before.  After Googling crop mauve flower, and getting some strange images, I found a website that was selling this plant as a herb.  It is called Phacelia, and is otherwise known as “Bee’s Friend”, for obvious reasons.  If I had known this I would have paid more attention and tried to get a picture of bees on the very strange flowerheads, rather than this dull picture of a field.  However, I found it interesting that this had obviously been planted to help counteract the disastrous decline in bees last year, which meant that even people who produce honey had to buy some in. The flowerheads are rather spectacular:

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I think I may go out and take some more detailed and maybe a tad more interesting pictures of this plant, which has been put into the field for such an specific reason. There have certainly been more bees around this year.  The beans in the garden are growing fast, and when I go out to water them in the evening I try not to drench the bees that are buzzing about among the bean flowers.

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July 12, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , ,

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