"While the larvae of Osmia cornuta were able to develop on viper's bugloss
pollen, more than 90 % died within days on buttercup pollen," said Sedivy.
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.
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.
Echium - Viper's Bugloss
. Eritrichium - the alpine forget-me-not.
Plenty of seeds can be sown directly, including pheasant's eye (Adonis aestivalis), love-lies-bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus), annual woodruff (Asperuis azurea), Swan River Daisy (Brachycome iberidifolia), cornflower (Centaurea), marigolds, Californian poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Convolvulus tricolor, Coreopsis, Clarkia elegans, Clarkia pulchella, larkspur (Consolida ejacis), Viper's bugloss
(Echium lycopsis) and Star of the Veldt (Dimorphotheca aurantica).
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
Second in adult section was Tim Mason from Amble with his image of dunlins reflected in water and third was Richard Poyer, also from Amble, who pictured burnet moths feeding on viper's bugloss
flowers on a trip to Lindisfarne.
Echium vulgare, the viper's bugloss
, can be sown as a hardy annual or grown as a bedding plant and is amongst the best summer flowers for supporting the local bee population, given a warm spot and a sunny summer.
We're in a dune, see, with rabbits, and a biennial called Viper's Bugloss
. Plant names don't come much more edgy.