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.