The bees’ choice at the Chelsea Flower Show 2014 was this lovely crimson thistle-like flower that was all over the show gardens. Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum‘ or plum thistle. It attracted all the bees, including this honeybee, when I visited on Tuesday.
It usually flowers in July and August so not to late to order some for a sunny spot in the garden.
Glad to say the foxgloves were out in force so plenty for the bumblebees to feed on. And there was a wild feel to many of the smaller gardens so fairly bee-friendly with favourites including Nepeta and Anchusa Azurea ’Loddon Royalist’, both of which are flowering in our garden.