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So pleased to see them in my garden this year. So many of them too. Here’s a video from this afternoon.
East Yorkshire


  • FireFire Posts: 17,390
    Beautiful. I'm fascinated by how bees nibble the right hand side of bush salvia flowers to get at the nectar. Only ever the right hand side. Ever flower has a tiny hole. The flower doesn't seem to mind.

  • HalleSHalleS Posts: 105
    How lovely! I have so many in my garden as well. I could watch them all day. 

  • PurpleRosePurpleRose Posts: 538
    I love watching bees, they are fascinating.  I often stop what I am doing to Bee Watch
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,011
    Lovely just watching and listening to them @Mr. Vine Eye :)
    I've had a colony of white tailed bees nesting in the hoghouse. I've constructed a smaller version of the house for them for next year - fingers crossed  :)
    The leaves and hay inside were obviously easier for them than excavating their usual holes underground. 

    With some flowers - it's the only way they can access it @Fire. Clever aren't they ?
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • We've had some ragwort spring up in the front garden and although it's ugly as hell, I've left it because the bees are loving it. In a similar vein, I have an enormous teasel which is taller than me (not difficult) and they've been all over that as well. I've loved watching them with the crocosmias, they've been in and out of the flowers wiggling their fluffy white bums! Most interestingly, I discovered a mating pair of red tailed bumble bees. Couldn't work out what was going on to start with because the male's red tail was hidden from view so it looked as though they were two different species. They were there for a good few hours then eventually the male separated from the queen at which point I could see the red tail and it all made sense! The male flew off and the queen sat and groomed her antennae for a few minutes. Oh, and they've been mad for the heucheras as always! 
  • There is a nest nearby. They adore the fuchsias that grow wild in such profusion here. In my first year here I worried they were swarming.  


    This was the first lupin on a new plant grown from seed and as soon as it opened? 
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