Midsummer blooms, damsels and tigers

My favourite flowers for midsummer are out: climbing roses, whose blooms come in tight clusters; the airy, winged flowers of Gillenia Trifoliata; the pure white of Geranium phaeum 'alba'; and the perfumed mock orange whose scent hangs on the warm air during the day and wafts in to the house in the evening. Then there…

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…

Blooms for bees: March

There is marked change in the garden this month compared to February. Where before the only blooms were snowdrops, hellebores, winter aconites, viburnum and bergenia, March has seen the starry blossoms on the cherry plums come and go and welcomed a profusion of spring flowers. There are daffodils of all kinds, hyacinths, and tiny blue…