Monday, 25 July 2011
Whatever flower this is, don't grow it!
However, I bought a shrub from the local greengrocers without a name.(the plant not the greengrocer) It was going cheap and I thought I'd give it a go.
It's thriving. I thought I'd found it's name when I planted it (something beginning with D!!) but now I can't find it again to tell you and warn you off of it.
I don't think it's intentional as it would be in a carnivorous plant, but bees keep getting stuck in it. They stick their probuscus' down into the depths of the flower and can't get out again.
I've had to rescue lots by pulling the flower head gently apart and moistening the bee slightly. It's very difficult to do and it almost seems like the sap is acting like PVA glue.
I've half a mind to put it on the compost!