Echium and me

Last year I planted some seeds of what I have heard described as the giant Vipers Bugloss.  I apologise for the daft name, its not mine.  The Latin is probably better ; Echium pininana – well, that’s one of them.  The point is its a very tall two year grower.  Last year it got to be about six inches tall, and I planted a couple into the garden.  This year one of them has grown, a lot.

Notice the tall Echium, and the well-protected Rob wearing his Tilley hat.

Notice the tall Echium, and the well-protected Rob wearing his Tilley hat.

This is my Echium.  I hope you like it.  First saw them on the Isles  of Scilly, but they come from further south, like the Canaries – where I have also seen them.  The bees think its great, and so do I, but I worry about composting the thing in the winter.

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