Greater Knapweed - Centaurea scabies is big and showy, like a cross between a cornflower and a thistle, with whiskery petals in a whorl. It is a valuable nectar source for insects and a favourite flower of butterflies, including the Marbled White and Dark Green Fritillary. It also has therapeutic properties, and was once used in skin ointments to heal wounds and infections. Centaurea scabiosa is a truly outstanding wild flower which outshines many cultivated plants.
Technically a single cover, but this is too excellent not to include. Bowie's 1974 single Rebel Rebel, taken from his legendary Diamond Dogs release. Bowie poses in full Ziggy Stardust get up, red shag/mullet, knee high platforms, shoulder pads and skin tight bodysuit, perfectly applied makeup and the iconic lightning bolt. Seriously cool.
The Temperate House - Kew Gardens. This is the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse in the world (b. 1859). It's also the final resting place for many plants which have outgrown their initial berth. The Chilean Wine Palm is 18 metres tall, & was raised from a seed 20 years before the Temperate House was built. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, TW9. Nearest Tube: Kew Gardens.