Have seen quite a few fields with crops producing really pretty blue/purple flowers - just out of interest does anyone know what it is?
Will be plowed in as a 'green' manure
There are quite a few fields of phacelia in flower round by us at the moment.
It's a fantastic green manure plant. I have plants growing all year round here and there in the garden, then I just pick off ripe seed heads when I need to plant more beds up - when I've harvested the veg. It'll germinate almost any time of year, and will smother most weeds. The bees love it in the summer, and you can either dig it in, or it's excellent on the compost heap if you operate a no-dig veg garden. It pulls up very easily, and the soil below is in perfect condition, doesn't really need digging. I wouldn't be without it - it might not be the best green manure for feeding the soil (I'm no scientist, I'm not sure of that sort of detail), but I find it the most versatile, easiest to use, and one of the prettiest.
Sorry...Phacelia! Not Statice.
Called Phacelie here same thing yes super green manure plant, suppresses weeds, feeds the soil for next year, bees love it and it looks so pretty, what more can you ask for!!
Phacelia tanacetifolia A quick growing green manure such as phacelia can be grown after an early crop is harvested. It is not related to any vegetable plants so again it is easy to fit in without spoiling a crop rotation
You may be looking at a crop called echium.