Leaving London behind for a new life with a view...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/plants/plant_finder/plant_pages/7607.shtml globe thistlevara
That's adorable!! I'm so glad you have bees. Worrying about their dwindling population d/t insecticides.
I'm thinking that maybe the bee population is dwindling in other people's gardens because they are all here in mine! LOL
Sorry to disagree with the above, but I am pretty sure they are Aliums - most probably the Globemaster variety.
Not sure that Aliums are spiky though Maureen? The stems are quite prickly.
Definitely not alliums though the bees behave in the same dozy way on alliums out at this time of the year as they do on these! Vara's right, they're called Globe Thistle, or if you want to go all Latin, Echinops!
Thank you for leaving a comment your interest is very much appreciated! It will be published as soon as possible - depending on whether I am at my computer or walking up the lane, or being chased by the goose or helping mend fences after the pony has broken through YET AGAIN.... :-) Helen