We've been growing plants here in Devon for more than 30 years but don't be fooled into thinking that the climate will make our plants soft and tender; we are nearly 1000 feet above sea level on the edge of Dartmoor and in a 'normal' season would expect to get 45 inches of rain a year. Temperatures in the winter can fall to below -8 Centrigrade so we think it quite likely that most of our plants will go on to more favourable climes!
The bumble bees are really enjoying these Autumn flowering gentians, burrowing into the flowers to reach the nectar and pollen. I find one of the best ways to grow these beautiful plants is in a tub using a lime-free or ericaeous compost (as you would use with rhododendrons or azaleas). Keep them watered during the summer as you would with a bedding plant display and they will reward you and the bees with a stupendous display of brilliant blue flowers from September. It's a great way of adding a welcome splash of colour to your garden just as summer draws to an end.
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