Symphytum officinale in the family boraginaceae with its tall clumps of large green hairy leaves and clusters of tubular flowers appears all over the Triangle Community Garden and allotments in May and June. Upright and growing to around 1.5 metres the flowers vary in colour from pale pink and white through to blues and lilac, a handsome plant particularly attractive under trees and on banks, when allowed to spread in drifts it is a spectacular sight. Easy to propagate from root cutting, division or seed, it is also almost entirely pest and disease free.
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Our Pollinator's Garden is now almost complete, as volunteers from Garden Club, Growing Ability and our Sunday sessions planted up the new raised beds with pollinator-friendly planting over a couple of weeks in June. The plants were chosen from the RHS Perfect for Pollinators list to provide year-round flower for hungry bees, hoverflies and butterflies.