A Week of Flowers – #Day6

Something was tugging on a memory as I was admiring the gloriously sunny flower of  Leucospermum ‘Goldie’ in Kris Peterson’s #Day4 flower post. Now I know that can’t grow such an exotic plant here in England, but … and then the connection came to me, Centaurea macrocephala or Giant Knapweed has similar huge globes of exploding sunshine. And I do grow that!

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Centaurea macrocephala (Giant Knapweed)

There’s a huge patch of this giant knapweed growing in the walled garden at Wimpole Estate, near Cambridge. Despite avoiding yellow flowers for years, when it came to cutting down the dead heads, I couldn’t resist collecting some of its seeds (you know how it is!). And this was how giant knapweed is also now growing in my garden at home and several other borders in friends’ and family’s gardens.

How could I not adore a plant that is always covered in bees?

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In fact I’ve not got a shot of the flower without some kind of bee on it!

centaurea2Hopefully, this post will spreading a bit of sunshine around, because in about an hour’s time (unless I am very lucky), I will be walking the dog, through heavy rain, along muddy alleyways and waterlogged pavements, with the delightful risk of being sprayed by passing cars driving through roadside puddles. Oh joy!

So I am more than happy to be thinking back to warmer days and imagining the accompanying soundtrack of nectar-drunk bees.

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This ephemeral meme is hosted by Cathy at Words and Herbs to counterbalance the shortening, dark days of winter (for those of us in the northern hemisphere at least). In any case, everyone can find plenty of floral joy by checking her post and the following comment section.

Enjoy!

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10 Responses to A Week of Flowers – #Day6

  1. shoreacres says:

    In the last photo, I spied the resemblance of the receptacle to our American basket-flower, which takes its name from that basket-like structure.

  2. Cathy says:

    A wonderful look at your golden centaurea globes. Yes, cheerful and sunny, unlike the weather! I do hope the rain let off for your walk. We only had fog today, so perhaps I should be grateful. 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  3. Cathy says:

    Such a glorious flower – it’s lit up my day!

  4. swesely says:

    All those happy bees are having a great time!

  5. Eliza Waters says:

    These are lovely! I’m intrigued with their pollinator activity, and they are hardy here. There seems to be some concern over them becoming invasive, but if they are deadheaded, that would cut down their spread. I might give them a try!

    • Interesting! I’ve not seen self-seeds here, in spite of obviously being viable from collected seed. The large clump at Wimpole has spread via rhizomes, but no more than say, asters, helianthus etc. I think they’d be worth a try 🙂

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