Throughout the summer months the Verbena bonariensis is the star of our pollinator friendly patch. It attracts bumblebees, honey bees, and butterflies, alike.
Nearby, the Echinacea plants have continued to bloom, their cone-like centres equally popular with the bees.
Elsewhere the tall spires of the hollyhocks have provided both food and shelter. Their wide, open flowers make wonderful bee umbrellas. Often on showery days I’ll spot one or two bedraggled bumbles sheltering in the blooms.
It’s been lovely to see more solitary bees in the garden at this time of year. And for that we’ve got the honesty box at No 92 to thank. We picked up a couple of pots of Rudbeckia from there earlier in the summer, and this month they burst in to bloom. Since then, as well as cheering up the border with their simple, sunny blooms, they have been attracting these tiny solitary bees – each one just a few millimetres long.