A bit behind? Just chill as it warms up
producing a steady display of deep sunset coloured flowers. Despite studying various web pictures and the fact that the palm flowers are now finished I am not certain of the sex of the flowers but suspect that they all male as female flowers are apparently slightly greener. So, no seeds there then.
Equally spectacular this year, although easy to dismiss as a plant not grown for its flowers, is the pyracantha. It is totally smothered in masses of tiny cream flowers. We have several bushes around the site and each one is the same. On closer inspection, we also noticed that they were teeming with bees of many types. Good news for our Iver honey. After a winter away as the hives needed to be moved for maintenance work, our bees are now back and enjoying not only the pyracantha but also the numerous other bee friendly plants we have introduced over recent years.
And, thanks to the endless hard work and commitment of a local volunteer, our outdoor rainforest garden is taking shape and being planted up in sections (ie edibles, flowering, medicinal etc) to support our schools programme.
So, it may have been a slow start but good things come to those who wait. Don’t be disheartened if your garden is a bit behind, the warmer nights and sunny days will soon help it to catch up. Alison Greenhalgh works for
environmental charity Groundwork South as a horticultural therapist in Iver. After a successful career in sales and marketing, she retrained as an organic gardener and is also a
A bee’s favourite – pyracantha