During the summer we enjoyed the blooming of the Convolvulus betonicifolius (shaggy bindweed) in the flower beds by the Garden’s entrance. C. betonicifolius is an herbaceous plant whose stems coil like ropes to assist it in climbing, and hence its name. Its flowers are white and impressive, up to 3-4 cm in length, and its petals fuse to form a funnel. Convolvulus flowers open in the morning and close towards the evening, which is why some of the species are known as “morning glory”. C. dorycnium (splendid bindweed) is another species of Convolvulus that was planted in the flower beds at the entrance to the Garden. Two other species - C. althaeoides (falmate bindweed) and C. secundus (one-sided bindweed) will be planted in the Coastal Plain section of the garden in the near future. Most Convolvulus species constitute an important food source for small bees and other pollinators, as they flower during the summer season when few other plants are in bloom.

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