Claudio Sedivy and colleagues from ETH Zurich collected pollen from four plant species - buttercup, viper's bugloss
, wild mustard and tansy - using an ingenious method.
Sage-green sea kale, blue bugloss
, red poppy and yellow sedum give bursts of seasonal colour in the stony desert landscape of Dungeness, but it is the purple hue in August from the Viper's Bugloss
that is referenced in the purple floor that weaves its way throughout the house.
The Canary Island relative of our native vipers' bugloss
is a splendid feature of mild gardens, like wonderful Logan Botanics, where it seeds around merrily.
I've made several evening trips to the sands of Tor Bay and nearby Nicholaston, where the tide races towards green hills and dune systems rich with the likes of lady's bedstraw, sea bindweed and viper's bugloss
A meadowland roof will cap the design, using plants found on the reserve such as kidney vetch, viper's bugloss
, bloody cranesbill and northern marsh orchid.
To name but a few, alkanet, vipers bugloss
, hounds tongue, borage, comfrey, lungwort and heliotrope are all close relatives of the common forget-me-not, often having very hairy, almost prickly leaves and white, blue and red flat or tubular flowers that are loved by bees.