In a study last year it was proved that bumble bees are drawn to lilac and purple flowers more than any other. The two photos taken today are of Cerinthe Major Purpurea. I normally put my seeds in around now, straight into the soil where they are to flower. These two little flowers are seeds from last year plants and have popped up early to please me and the bees. The header today is of course the glorious Verbena Bonariensis, and as you can see a bee is enjoying the plant as much as I do. Both the plants today are drought tolerant, the blooms will last all summer, and for me the best thing is rabbits HATE both. There are many beautiful lilac and purple flowered plants.......lavender, our native meadow cranesbill and catmint, to name but a few. If you want the buzz of bees this year why not plant some. Beckie at Dragonfly Corner will have some Cerinthe this year as I sent her some seeds. Enjoy Beckie. A good weekend to you all.