The more time I spend watching the garden the more I have wondered about just how many flowers there are at any one time. The plants I grow tend to have many, many tiny flowers and this afternoon I have been out to try to roughly estimate their numbers.
There are lots of forget me nots at the moment. I let them grow, flower and set seed for next year and really cherish their cheery faces. I counted at least 250 flowers on one small plant and at least the equivalent of another fifty similar sized plants (counting larger ones as two or more). This gives at least 12,500 individual flowers!
Thence to the lamb’s lettuce which I also leave to flower and set seed for next year’s harvests of early salad leaves. I think there are at least 800 extremely tiny flowers on this plant.
There were another 800 plus flowers on just one sweet cicely and I’m afraid I didn’t count the number of plants.
The mustard grown as green manure had at least 1200 flowers on the 60 or so flower heads I was able to count in the breeze.
I didn’t attempt to estimate the additional flowers on the aubretia, bugle, honesty, erisymum, land cress, dandelions, daisies and blackthorn, nor the apple and cherry blossom or the flowers on jostaberries, gooseberries and various currants. There were at least 15,000 flowers on the plants I did estimate which is far more than I had expected and importantly each one is potential food for insects of all kinds with plenty more to come as the year moves on.