To join in with Cathy’s In a vase on Monday post today I have been inspired by the cover of the hot-off-the-press seed catalogue from D.T. Brown, because there is something deeply satisfying about those soft fruit and berry colours.
The attraction is the soft bloom on fruits like blueberries and partly the shiny, light catching globes of blackberries, but also the glowing translucence of the fat juicy bodies of stawberries and raspberries. Yummy.
It turns out that there are quite alot of plants in flower now evoking this fruity look and many of them are brilliant for bees. For instance, it is hard to pick any Caryopteris without bringing a bumblebee along with it, the same is true for the verbena, sedum and penstemon …
Even the salvia uliginosa nearly comes with its own bees. Here’s a great example of what I mean, pre-picking:
I’ve combined these flowers with foliage that has a ‘bloom’ feel about them. There’s a variegated cornus, some tree spinach and the flowering ends of persicaria ‘Red dragon’.
Frilled around the bottom are some short stalks of sweetpea ‘Twilight’. They are getting shorter every week as they exhaust themselves!
So here’s to bee fruit salad. Enjoy!