So the rain continued to bucket down all through July and alongside the accompanying sea mist, a kind of fog settled on my brain. The days melt into one and soon afternoons blend into night. It can all get a bit grey and vague without sky, and sunsets and the changing light I crave……
One evening I found myself sitting for a while with a swathe of damp Woundwort flowers and discovered that the bees were very much alive and kicking. Their buzzing was infectious and soon I was lost in their world of flitting and guzzling.
Woundwort is another of those beautiful wildflowers considered a “weed” and banned from gardens. So today I am showing off it’s delicate beauty and welcoming a big invasion of it in Foxglove Lane.
More photos of guzzling bees and Woundwort here in the gallery
Dziki kwiatek jest śliczny i pszczoła wie, gdzie może dużo pyłku zebrać. Pozdrawiam.
Wild Flower is a beautiful and bee knows where he can collect a lot of pollen. Yours.
Mary Pellerito says
Lovely photos and words, as always.
Looking for Blue Sky says
I can't imagine thinking of woundwort as a weed, it's gorgeous.. And does it have healing properties as the name suggests?
Foxglove Lane says
It certainly seems to have many healing properties, especially for pains aches and for some reason a sore jaw…..not sure how the healing properties can be extracted though:~)
Really nice thoughts and shots. Love bees! Can never get enough of them.
Lovely photos,beautiful flowers and a good source of nectar for those bees.
Donna@Gardens Eye View says
Your description of your July weather reminds me of our winter…gray and forced inside…begging for sun…but the bees are absent. What a wonderful flower that is medicinal. Part of the stachys genus and mint family. So it can be aggressive but a weed…never! Stunning photos of the gorgeous flowers making this a real winner in your garden. Now in a non-native area I can see where it could be a problem…lucky you to have this plant.
I find the bees will direct us to the hardiest, healthiest plants and I have a ton of flowers in my garden that were "choses" by and for the bees 🙂
Felicity Hayes-McCoy says
Beautiful and restorative (both the plant and your blog post!) When I was small I remember hearing woundwort called Heal-All. Just looked up a book and found it listed as antibacterial, antipyretic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, febrifuge, hypotensive, stomachic, styptic, tonic, vermifuge and vulnerary.
Foxglove Lane says
Brilliant Felicity! All that from such a beautiful plant….amazing what is right under our noses…..
Exquisitely beautiful color and detail. Gorgeous photography!!!
Karen Chapman says
I'm not familiar with that plant but the bees certainly are! Fabulous images that draw me right into the center of each bloom.
Beautiful images and prose as always, Catherine. I've nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. Your blog is always inspiring and thought provoking and I wanted you to know how much it touches my heart. Feel free to play along or not. Just wanted you to know your blog is appreciated.
Foxglove Lane says
Thank you so much Cat:~) I am thrilled, so kind of you to think of my blog. X
Diana of Elephants Eye says
Something related to basil? With those tiers of delicate flowers? Like my Ballota.
Nics Cahill says
Catherine, you capture beauty with beauty. Wonderfully sublime images, thank you for sharing them.
Catherine, greetings, I am here by way of introduction to your writing from Cat via her One Lovely Blog nominations.
Your summer is perhaps the polar opposite of our often all too oppressive heat and drought here in Central Texas. Just the description of your cool wet weather soothes.
Regardless of weather, I'm fascinated with what gets designated a "weed" in differing areas and absolutely obsessed with bees. Your post has quite captured my imagination. I'll be back!
Lovely bright images from a dismal July.
The things you add Catherine are quite fascinating. I'd never heard about Woundwort – and bearing in mind Felicity's points about it being antibacterial, antipyretic, antiseptic, antispasmodic and astringent, etc it sounds like yet another case of the over-zealous, politically-correct garden police taking things too far!
Dee Sewell says
Adore these images Catherine but then you have captured my favourite colour AND bees 🙂 on another note my picture arrived yesterday, am so excited but have to wait to open it till I get home to keep it intact! Thanks for your help with it 🙂 x