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.
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.