I've asked Rob - our wildflower guru to suggest a Proper Plant of the Week and ensure its a corker for bees, here's what he says:
"Dear HeatherWe've¬†given¬†mention to¬†Nettle Leaved Bellflower or Bats in the Belfry¬†on numerous¬†occasions¬†and as it comes close to flowering, it is worth¬†having a place as plant of the week. I have it in my garden positioned as one¬†of the first wild flowers¬†as you aproach the flower border, a good example for everyone on how a wild flower¬†does not look out of place and can enhance the flower garden. Planted now for four years they have grown larger than any I've seen in the wild, each produces several flowering stems every year and are¬†a favourite of bumble¬†bees.¬†Best Wishes¬†Robert¬†"
And here's a few facts on¬†Campanula¬†trachelium
1: In the wild Bats in the Belfry is found in woods or hedgerows but in your garden full sun or partial shade is fine.
2: Flowers late summer.
3: The bellflowers are violet blue and a bit hairy!
Look out for them this week as they are Deal of the Day on the Wiggly Homepage