Tagged biodiversity

Violets – flowers of myths, movies and fragrant train travel

They feature in a well-known rhyme popular with children and lovers, have been sung about by Elvis, and were sold by Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Violets are a much loved spring flower with a long history of cultivation and cultural importance.   The violet’s popularity as a cultivated flower dates back, at least,…

Five herbs to grow for bees

Herbs make great border and pot plants. They bring scent, colour and texture to a planting. Many have nectar-rich flowers to feed the bees too. And, if that’s not enough to encourage you to plant herbs, these fantastic ornamentals come with the added bonus of being packed with wonderful flavours to use in your cooking.…