Blooms for bees: August

Blooms for bees: August

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 [...]

Blooms for bees: June

Blooms for bees: June

June has been a buzzy month in the garden with plenty of visiting bumblebees and the constant activity of our two resident bee populations. Tree bumblebees have been nesting under the eaves of the bay windows on the west side of the house; while at the bottom of the garden, in the shade, buff-tailed bumblebees [...]

Blooms for Bees: April

Blooms for Bees: April

There have been many more bees on the wing this month: first sightings of red-tailed bumblebee queens (Bombus lapidarius), common carder queens (Bombus pascuorum) and of the first buff-tailed (Bombus terrestris) and early bumblebee (Bombus pratorum) workers. There have been solitary bees too. Tawny mining bees (Andrena fulva) are nesting in amongst tussocks of grass in the [...]