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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,526

    There are lots of honeybees on the flowering tree ivy that has infiltrated part of the hawthorn hedge.

  • The bees in my garden are very busy indeed. They love my "planted in memory of dad" nasturtiums. I find that they go for pretty much anyhing yellow. I'm new to watching bees so I've planted my nasty urchins up at window level where I have the perfect view. One of my dopey dogs nearly ate one on a flower the other day but disaster was averted when a cat ran distraction!!! image Butterflies are a mystery to me but I've seen loads of those too. Sedums are like a magnet for them. If we even have a glink of sunlight they spread their wings and enjoy the tiny bit of heat we've had this Summer. 

  • Lena NLena N Posts: 189

    Lovely picture Jo image

    I've got lots of bees visiting my hebes, buddleias, cosmos, erysimum, fuchsias, pelargoniums and osteospurmums - some of my plants have started blooming quite late this year - I'm still waiting for the buds to open on my hibiscus and a few of my cosmos are only just developing buds now.

  • My ivy (at least 20 meters tall and around 25 meters wide thats no exaggeration!!!) is covered in polinators, my honey suckle has a few long tonged bees (for some reason it's still in bloom? 


    Its off topic a smudge but my garlic chivesstill has a few hover flies hanging around it.

    I can't upload pictures so give me your email and I'll send pictures of it, you'll be impressed! 

  • - hertfordshire - south east England 

  • Liz88Liz88 Posts: 40

    I've still got bees (mostly Common Carders) here in S_W Scotland (we don't see them in early Spring), and they seem to prefer Cerinthe (probably will be over by the end of this week), heucheras, golden oregano, sedum matrona and lavender (also giving their last). Planted nine 'Perfect for Pollinators' Scabious last year, They grew horizontally along the ground, apart from their flowering tips, I didn't notice any interest from the bees and not one grew this year. Bees and butterflies very much like one of our Buddlejas, apparently especially when most of the flowers on a spike have gone brown, but not the other one (which has a very, almost sickly, sweet perfume).

  • Strange there weren't any on the Scabious, what variety was it? I had seven "Devils Bit Scabious" come up last year (just dense mats of leaves) and they all flowered late on this year, pretty much everything else in the garden never has anything on it but I'd say at any one time on these plants there's usually one or two butterflys and about 10-15 bees or hoverflies.


    They're Bi-Annual though so unless they've seeded themselves I won't have them next year. image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,737

    Bumbles of some sort on the buddliea in front of our sittingroom window yesterday late afternoon. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Still a lot buzzing round here in Devon
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Lots of them about here (N Liverpool/SW Lancs) in the warm sunshine of the last few days, and all over the ivy on my shed roof.  My friends's many hives haven't been very productive this year though.

    I think they're biennial, Tanglefoot, rather than biannual.

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