WINGING IT Bees love Geranium pratense, or cranesbill
Roseanne, which is one of the most versatile of all cranesbills
and deserves a round of applause on every level.
Mark Richardson of Durham Wildlife Trust said: "This decision acknowledges the importance of our remaining species rich grasslands and Hannah''s Meadow is a real gem." Plant species that can be found at Hannah''s Meadow at Low Birk Hat Farm include wood cranesbill
, marsh marigold, globe-flower and yellow rattle.
PLANT IN THE GARDEN: For a real utility plant, it must be the cranesbill
Not to be confused with bedding pelargoniums, this hardy cranesbill
's lilacmauve blooms are set against shiny, dark brown leaves.
Many perennials, like foxgloves, euphorbia, cranesbill
and some hellebores (check that label) will be happy in a shady, dry spot.
Gary McLardy conducted another exhaustive survey of Formby's flora last week, finding a long list of flowering plants, including hedge garlic, dovesfoot cranesbill
, honesty, red and white campions, common dog violet, marshmarigold, ramsons and lily of the valley.
Five large dahlias and several clusters of roses, ageratum, and cranesbill
geraniums are usually enough for one bouquet.
Geranium Max Frei A COMPACT perennial form of the cranesbill
. Mounds of deeply lobed foliage are covered with bright magenta flowers from late spring to early summer.
Meadow buttercup, the globe flower and the woodland cranesbill
are all native to Scotland and should enjoy the situation.
The wood cranesbill
Geranium sylvaticum is another good choice for a shaded spot.