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  • JIMMMYJIMMMY Posts: 241


    Lots of honey and different sorts of bumble bees both in the garden and allotment though few butterflies except the white sort, worse luck!

    There are two bee keepers on the allotment, both have had a marvellous season with lots of bees and also honey, they have said!

  • Still have a few bees as I have cosmos in flower and also dahlias. The wasps seem to like my chinese holly though it has no flowers.

  • Those with bees on Cosmos, do you know what variety? The ones I put down were grown from seed, and have either deep pink or white flowers, but not much bee interest. They're low (about 40cm) and fairly 'shrubby'. At my parents they have a larger variety with pale purple, bit more floppy, larger flowers, just wondering if that's what people on here have.

    Saw quite a few butterflies on Saturday when I was out the front, lovely sunny day and they kept coming to land on the windows I'm guessing to catch the sun a bit. They looked like Peacock/Red Admiral but I've not got my Osborne book to hand. image

  • Bees all over my sedum spectabile in the sunshine today, a few of them bumbles.

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    My two beekeeper friends haven't had good years; one got only a couple of supers of honey.  Haven't seen a lot of honeybees around this year at all.  Reasonable number of butterflies though, including a Red Admiral which landed on me the other day image

  • @jo47

    Nice Scabious? What variety, looks quite a large flowered one.

  • ZenjeffZenjeff Posts: 643

    Lovely photo Jo nice to here that there are lots of bees and encourage them with there planting season.About 4 months ago I purchased a auto wall hose pipe used once went to use it again and notices bits of leafs had been dropped so decided to have a cup of tea and sit on the patio so bees flying with bits of leaves examining the holes in the outer casing out of the six holes four are now blocked with leaves left the hose alone and back to the watering can ,nature at its best great to watchimage

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,189

    Gorgeous Jo image

    A huge bee nearly followed me indoors today when I came home for lunch. He's probably had to find shelter for the afternoon as it's chucked it down here since half one image

    I used to grow Scabious ( think it was the same one Jo) and thought about getting one of the really dark ones for my sunnier border. They're beautiful flowers close up - hence the nickname of pincushion. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • JIMMMYJIMMMY Posts: 241

    When closing up the greenhouse tonight, i spotted a humming bird moth flittering among the flowers of Salvia Hot lips!

    There was also one a few weeks ago on penstemons!



  • JIMMMYJIMMMY Posts: 241

    Hi  jo47

    Saw was the operative word, it was only there for a few seconds then shot over the fence into next doors garden, spoil sport!



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