Ivydene Gardens Bee-Pollinated Bloom Plant Index Gallery:
Blue Flowers in April

Botanical Plant Name

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Flower Colour /
Sun Aspect of Full Sun,
Part Shade, Full Shade

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Flowering Months

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Height with Spacings or Width (W) in inches (cms)

1 inch = 2.5 cms
12 inches = 30 cms
40 inches = 100 cms

Foliage Colour /
Soil Moisture of
Dry,
Moist or
Wet

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Evergreen (Evg) or Deciduous (Dec or Her) Plant Type / Acidic (Acid), Alkaline (Alk) or
Any Soil

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Nectar / Pollen

* = very good bee plant

Chionodoxa luciliae
(Glory of the Snow)

Gentian-blue /
Full Sun, Part Shade.
Use in rock garden or for naturalising under deciduous shrubs and trees. Plant in bold drifts 8cm (3in) deep in September .

February - April

6 x 2
(15 x 5)

Mid-Green /
Dry, Moist

Suitable bulbs for Damp and Shady Areas in New Zealand

Bulb /
Any well-drained soil.

Nectar, Pollen is also coll-ected from other C. luciliae varie-ties

Hyacinthoides non-scripta (Endymion non-scriptus, Scilla non-scripta, Scilla nutans, Bluebell, Common Bluebell, Wild hyacinth, Wood Bell, Fairy Flower, Bell Bottle)

Tubular-bell-shaped Violet-Blue /
Part Shade.
Cattle, horses and dogs suffer digestive problems after eating bluebell leaves

April - June

16 x 4
(40 x 10)

The bulbs produce contractile roots; when these roots contract, they draw the bulbs down into deeper layers of the soil where there is greater moisture, reaching depths of 10–12 cm (3.9–4.7 in)

Pale Green /
Moist

Bulb /
Well-drained, humus-rich, woodland type soil, which does not dry out in the summer.
Deciduous woodland, hedgerows, shady banks, under bracken on coastal cliffs and uplands

Nectar, Pollen

Muscari armeniacum
(Grape Hyacinth, Pseudo-muscari azureum, Hyacinth-ella azurea)

Deep Blue /
Full Sun, Part Shade

Bees are mad about the little blue flowers. Use this to your benefit by planting them near early blooming fruit trees that need pollination

March - April

6 x 3
(15 x 8)
Spacing and plant 3 inches deep (8 cms)

Mid-Green /
Moist

Bulb /
Almost any well-drained soil

Nectar, Pollen is collected from all Muscari

Myosotis arvensis
(Field Forget-Me-Not)

Blue-grey with some Pink /
Full Sun

Native Uk plant.

April - October

10 x 6
(25 x 15)

Pale Green /
Dry

Cornfield Annual /
Prefers shallow calcareous (chalky) and dry sandy soils

Nectar, Pollen

Myosotis scorpioides
(Water Forget-Me-Not, Myosotis palustris, Forget-Me-Not, Love-Me, Mouse-Ear, Snake Grass, Marsh Forget-Me-Not, Mouse-Ear Scorpion Grass)

Light Sky Blue /
Full Sun, Part Shade.

Native UK pond plant. As a rafting plant that is allowed to grow freely it will use plenty of surplus nutrients so help to keep the pond or container water free from algae.

April - September

20 x 20
(50 x 50)

Blue-Green /
Wet

Evergreen Aquatic Rhizomatous Perennial /
Plant in wet mud in a stream edge/bog garden or with up to 5 cm (2") of water over the top of the basket in a sunny or partially shaded pond or container pond.

Nectar, Pollen

Pentaglottis sempervirens (Anchusa sempervirens, Evergreen Bugloss, Green Alkanet)

Blue /
Full Sun , Part Shade

April - July

30 x 12
(75 x 30)

Dark green /
Moist

Evg Perennial /
Any calcareous (chalky) soil
 

Nectar

Scilla siberica (Siberian squill)

Violet-blue /
Full Sun, Part Shade

March - April

8 x 2
(20 x 5)

Mid-Green /
Moist

Bulb /
Well-drained humus-rich soil under deciduous shrubs

Nectar, Pollen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The spacings (the distance between the plants) recommended above should enable the plants of the same genera to cover the ground in 2-3 years.

White Flower Farm in America is continuing the creation of an Online Video Library as well as selling Chionodoxa luciliae:-

"We are word people, having cut our teeth on Strunk and White, but we are familiar with the aphorism about pictures. We also know that it's no fun reading long blocks of text on a screen, even if they offer information that is timely and useful. At our nursery, we are engaged daily in practically every known form of gardening. So we put two and two together, bought a camera, and went into the video business. As the year progresses, we'll film all over the farm while seedlings get transplanted, Wisterias get pruned, Dahlias get potted, Begonias get staked...
If you have ideas for topics we should address, please send them to apettingill@whiteflowerfarm.com.
Sincerely, Amos Pettingill"

This is what Northern Shade Gardening in Canada is about:-

"My garden is located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, which is in gardening zone 3, where winter temperatures can drop to -40°C (-40°F). It is usually covered in snow for about 5 months of the year, so the growing season is short. Northern Shade Gardening contains information about the types of hardy perennials, shrubs, bulbs and trees that perform well in these cold climate conditions.

With such a short gardening season I try to extend it by planting many early and late flowers. To get a quick start in spring, I plant a number of early spring bulbs. Then the woodland plants start flowering. I also have many foliage perennials that look good all season, and the ones with evergreen leaves make a colourful early spring and late fall garden.

Most of my garden is in shade or part shade because of the mature trees. I’ve included information about how different plants have performed in low light conditions, as well as how much direct sun or dappled light they receive. Some plants do well under deciduous trees, where they get extra light in the spring, before the trees leaf out.

You can view a partial list of my garden plants with pictures and notes on the My Garden Plants page. You can also browse by the categories that are listed on the right, the buttons above, or search for a particular plant in the box on the the upper right. The monthly archives on the right will show what is in flower at different times of the year."

See photos and text of the Chionodoxa luciliae.

Bee-Pollinated Bloom Plant Index.
The 264 bee-pollinated plants in this Index are in addition to the bee-pollinated plants shown as thumbnails in the pages of the 12 Flower Colours per month FROM the Colour Wheel below.

Click on the OOO in the Index below to link to those bee-pollinated plants of that flower colour in that month or any of
ACER (Deciduous/Evergreen Shrub/Tree) in March-April
CHAENOMELES SPECIOSA (Herbaceous Perennial) in March-May
CROCUS (Bulb) in September-April
CYDONIA OBLONGA (Deciduous Shrub) in April-June
DAFFODIL (Bulb) in December-May
DAHLIA (Bulb) in June-November
DUTCH HYACINTH (Bulb) in March-April
HEATHERS (Evergreen Shrub) in every month
HEDERA HELIX (Evergreen Climber) in September-November as last major source of nectar and pollen in the year
HELIANTHEMUM (Deciduous Shrub) in June-August - Pollen only collected when the flowers open during sunny weather
HELENIUM (Herbaceous Perennial) in June-October
HELLEBORUS (Herbaceous Perennial) in January-March
HEUCHERA (Evergreen Perennial) in May-September
HIBISCUS (Deciduous Shrub) in August-September
ILEX (Evergreen Tree) in May-June
LAVANDULA (Annual, Herbaceous Perennial or Shrub) in June-July
LAVATERA (Annual, Biennial, or Herbaceous Perennial) in May-August
LEPTOSIPHON (Annual) in June-August
MAGNOLIA GRANDIFLORA (Evergreen Tree) in August-September
MALVA SYLVESTRIS (Biennial) in June-Septemberr
MENTHA (Herb) in July-August
NEMOPHILA (Annual) in April-June
NIGELLA (Annual) in July-September
PHILADELPHUS species only with single flowers (Shrub) in June
POLEMONIUM (Herbaceous Perennial) in April-June
PRUNUS CERASIFERA (Deciduous Tree) in February-March
PRUNUS LAUROCERASUS (Evergreen Shrub) in April-June
PYRACANTHA COCCINEA (Evergreen Shrub) in May-June
ROSES (Deciduous Shrub/Climber) in June-October
RUBUS IDAEUS (Raspberry) (Soft Fruit) in May-June
SALVIA SUPERBA (Herbaceous Perennial) in June-September - no bee garden should be without this plant - for those plants.

Enumber indicates Empty Index Page.
Bottom row of Grey is Unusual or Multi-Coloured Flower Colour.

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Apr

May

Jun

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Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

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Mauve

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Purple

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E40

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Brown

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E48

OOO
E49

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E50

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E51

OOO

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Cream

OOO
E58

OOO
E59

OOO
E60

OOO
E61

OOO

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OOO

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OOO

OOO
Green

OOO

OOO
E71

OOO
E72

OOO
E73

OOO
E74

OOO
E75

OOO

OOO

OOO

OOO

OOO
E80

OOO
E81Orange

OOO
E82

OOO
E83

OOO
E84

OOO
E85

OOO

OOO

OOO

OOO

OOO

OOO

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Pink

OOO

OOO
E95

OOO
E96

OOO
E97

OOO
E98

OOO

OOO

OOO

OOO

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OOO

OOO
Red

OOO

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E107

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E108

OOO

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White

OOO

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OOO

OOO

OOO

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Yellow

OOO

OOO

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E133

OOO

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Unusual

OOO

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E143

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Inner circle of Grey is 12 months of Unusual or Multi-Coloured Flower Colour

Bulb and Perennial Height from Text Border

Brown = 0-12 inches (0-30 cms)

Blue = 12-24 inches (30-60 cms)

Green = 24-36 inches (60-90 cms)

Red = 36-72 inches (90- 180 cms)

Black = 72+ inches (180+ cms)

Shrub Height from Text Border

Brown = 0-12 inches (0-30 cms)

Blue = 12-36 inches (30-90 cms)

Green = 36-60 inches (90- 150 cms)

Red = 60-120 inches (150- 300 cms)

Black = 120+ inches (300+ cms)

Tree Height from Text Border

Brown = 0-240 inches (0- 600 cms)

Blue = 240-480 inches (600- 1200 cms)

Green = 480+ inches (1200 + cms)

Red = Potted

Black = Use in Small Garden

Climber Height from Text Border

 

Blue = 0-36 inches (0-90 cms)

Green = 36-120 inches (90-300 cms)

Red = 120+ inches (300+ cms)

 

Bamboo, Bedding, Conifer, Fern, Grass, Herb, Rhododendron, Rose, Soft Fruit, Top Fruit, Vegetable and Wildflower Height from Text Border

Blue = 0-24 inches (0-60 cms)

Green = 24-72 inches (60- 180 cms)

Red = 72+ inches (180+ cms)

 

Plant Soil Moisture from Text Background

Wet Soil

Moist Soil

 

Dry Soil

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All Bee-Pollinated Flowers per Month 12
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Rock Plant Flowers 53

 

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The Nursery Tea from The Ritz London Book of Afternoon Tea by Helen Simpson ISBN 978 0 09 190994 9 :-

 

"Tea can be made into a treat for children by cutting sandwiches into little squares and triangles, and including the occasional sweet sandwich filling.

Sardine sandwiches have been a favourite for generations. Mash some drained tinned sardines with a fork. Add a couple of squeezes of lemon juice. Butter thinly-sliced brown bread, spread with the sharply flavoured sardine paste and cover with the second buttered slice. Cut the crusts off.

Banana sandwiches are sweet and satisfying. Peel and mash a banana with a couple of tablespoons of cream and 2 teaspoons of soft brown sugar. Spread this on crustless white bread.

The classic sandwich of American childhood is the 'peanut-butter-and-jelly'. This savoury- sweet hybrid is made by spreading 1 slice of bread with peanut butter and slapping it against another slice spread with strawberry jam. If your tastebuds are British, try substituting redcurrant jelly for the jam. Once introduced to this, certain children will eat nothing else. "

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