Blooms for bees: October

While last month’s nasturtiums, sedums and verbena are just about holding on, there is one clear star of our pollinator friendly patch this month.

Acteae simplex “white pearl” is a joy to have in the garden – providing blooms and scent at a time when little else is in flower. And for any bees that are still on the wing, like this buff-tailed bumblebee out foraging yesterday, it must be just as joyful a find.

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Beyond the garden, masses of ivy flowers have adorned the hedgerows in starbusts and spangles. These have been a-buzz with bumbles, wasps, honeybees, hoverflies and red admirals. Once again this year I had my eyes peeled for ivy bees, but I still haven’t been fortunate enough to spot one.

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