Echium

The sun made a brief appearance on Thursday afternoon so I popped out to take a look at our echium.

A friend had given us the small *plantlet* a while ago to replace a huge one we had that had been decimated by a previous year's snow and ice.

The flower spike is now around 6 feet tall and covered in the pretty little blue flowers that are attracting lots of bumble bees.

I managed to capture one of them in this short video  going about his business.



We are now battening down the hatches in preparation for Storm Miguel that the Portuguese are sending our way. Torrential rain and flooding apparently. I just hope the echium survives the battering.





6 comments:

  1. When Miguel arrives, may I suggest that you protect your magnificent echium with an umbrella. If you stand with your back to the wind this will add extra protection. I advise that you wear your mackintosh and prepare a flask of hot coffee and beef paste sandwiches to sustain you through the night.

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    1. Gosh, thanks for the suggestion. I shall certainly bear that in mind. It will be a difficult choice between rain-swept guard duty or watching from indoors with fish and chips and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc.

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    2. I've never heard of an echium. It sure is impressive. Hope it withstands the storm, or that the storm dies out before it reaches you!

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    3. Thanks Sue. It is apparently a native plant of the Canary Islands but still seems to grow quite well up here. The storm seems to have just gently brushed past us but I hear that it did wreak havoc on other parts of Europe.

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  2. I love your Echium - I do hope it survived Storm Miguel!

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    1. Luckily Miguel only brushed past us so the echium has survived, until the next storm!

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