No 28 on the Artists Trail for Open for Art
Two bee islands were installed yesterday and are settling into their new home oppsite Picnic in Market Place, Reading. Thanks to Suzanne at Jelly and Jon at Picnic, some hard hats and a long ladder.
Small islands of wildflowers grow in baskets hung in Market Place, Reading. These bee friendly plants offer passing bees and other insects a place to rest and feed on their journeys in and through the town.
This artwork is an unlikely Olympian legacy. The wild flowers originate from two of the many square meters of turf grown for the opening ceremony of the olympics games held in London in 2012. The meadows in this event epitomised our idea of a green and pleasant land.
The plants in the baskets are escapees from the original patch of turf and were found thriving in the cracks between paving slabs close by and were collected. Some of these plants have already flowered and are going to seed, others are in flower, or beginning to grow.
Some flowers are bred for their colour, complex shape or longevity and although beautiful are not nourishing for bees: petunias, geraniums, begonia, busy Lizzies. These are often used in traditional hanging baskets as is lobelia which is loved by bees.