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Over the last couple of weeks, I have been on the look out for local honey, to give to two hay-fever sufferers in my house. My daughter has had acute symptoms and several people have suggested a spoonful of local honey may help.  I tried the local health food shop and the Farm shop without success. Eventually I found some at the Farmers Market which came from Ashridge.  It is clear talking to people who have bee hives, that things are tough for them there bees. 

So today I was delighted to watch numerous bees hard at work.  Image

The plant is Salvia nemorosa or Balkan clary.  It is a small growing bushy type of salvia with aromatic leaves and deep blue flowers.  Grown at The House for its colour, it needs a sunny position on free draining thin soil, so thrives here on its chalky soil.

Anyway they just look delightful and I thought you might like to see them too. I would be interested to hear if any of you have had success with the spoon of honey treatment.