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Mike's Blog - Day 59

Keeping with the Monster(a) theme, a huge “Giant Vipers Bugloss”, Echium pininana, a native to the Canary Islands.

I wanted to grow a load of Echiums to celebrate the first 50 years of the botanic garden as they are so impressive. A bit of a fiddle to grow as they need protection over winter, but not too much. Ours are in flower now but will keep flowering more over the next months and form impressive spikes by summer.

Jack and the Beanstalk!