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…

August is all about . . .

. . . wide open spaces. Out beyond the house the meadows have turned to grasslands, seeming ever more expansive as the summer progresses. The cornfields will be cropped, and from the upstairs windows we'll see golden stubble stretching out to meet the black-green shapes of the hedges and trees. Then there's the promise of…