Bee-friendly flowers and black cats

Rita Marcangelo

31 May 2012

‘Cheeky Bob’ is what my children call our neighbour’s black cat. His name is just Bob, but we often find him eating our cat’s food, hence the nickname.

But soon we’ll have another black cat in our garden, courtesy of celebrity gardener Sarah Raven. And this one will attract wildlife, rather than frighten it away.

You might recognise Sarah from her series Bees, Butterflies and Blooms – it inspired us to make our gardens pollinator friendly. Now she’s designed a seed blend called  ‘Dark Cut Flower Mix’. It contains 3 species - and here’s where the black cat comes in...

  • Pincushion flower
    Rich velvet, crimson, mini-pincushions on long, wiry stems. Also known as Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Black Cat’.
  • Dill mammoth
    The acid green dill acts as foliage, and it's also fantastic for cooking. Also known as Anethum graveolens.
  • Cosmos
    Large, buttercup-like flowers of deep pink with delicate foliage. Also known as Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Dazzler’.

So if you didn’t get any seeds in our big recent give-away, or need some more, these will add some fabulous colour while you do your bit for The Bee Cause.

Get your skates if you want to plant them this year – you need to sow by end of June.

Buy Sarah Raven’s bee-friendly seeds for just £3.50 + free P&P.

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