The flower bed started as a result of reading a quote in a magazine, something along the lines of if bees disappear from the surface of the earth, mankind would have no more than four years to live.

Shadwell in Bloom supported the idea of a raised bed dedicated to successive flowering of pollen-rich and insect friendly wild flowers that provide a regular and reliable food source for birds and bees.

In the first year (2011), Sue Fallon planted an assortment of seeds including Field Scabious, Cornflowers, Oxeye Daisy, Borage, Nasturtium, Marigolds, Poppies, Sweet Peas, Fennel, Nigella, Cosmos, Red Campion, Aquilegia, Musk Mallow and Forget-me-not. Each year after flowering she has collected and dried the seed heads and replanted in Spring. The plant thrive.

The 2015 and 2016 groups in the bed seemed even taller. Watch this space.

Sue's front garden also creates interest with its multi-purpose design.