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Six on Saturday

Work has been busy, so garden jobs are mounting up, but thankfully many things just go on doing their thing, without my help.

So here are this week’s Six on saturday.

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Lupins

I love many of the old cottage garden flowers and have lupins in blue, pink and purple. Always popular with bumblebees.

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Geranium

This lovely small purple Geranium was given to me by a friend.  It isn’t in the best place,  hidden behind some sage plants,  so need to either propagate more plants or move.

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Lavender

All herbs are good pollinator plants and this lavender doesn’t appear to get as leggy as other varieties.

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Aquilegia

The blue ones seem to have gone over very quickly, but this one is still giving a good display. Single flower varieties will be used by bumblebees.

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Guem

Always ready to add a dash of colour.

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Bugle, Ajuga

The native bugle is a great little bee plant. This cultivated form has lovely dark crimson leaves and it readily spreads if you let it.

 

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Carder bee disappearing into comfrey flower

Common carder bee with it’s head deep inside a comfrey flower

1. Comprey is always a great bee plant, and it just keeps on flowering the whole season through which is a huge benefit for pollinators. 

Carder bee feeding on flower kale plants

Carder bee on flowering kale

2. I always let my over-wintered kale flower as it is another valuable food source, not just for carder bumbles but also early bumblebees and white tailed bumblebees too.

Wasp of black currant

Wasp of black currant

3. Wasps are predators of other insects but queen wasps emerging from hibernation seem to love my blackcurrant bushes. Each spring I see them feeding on the flowers, I suspect gathering nectar from the flowers.

Garden bumblebee on autumn olive tree

Garden bumblebee on autumn olive tree

4. The autumn olive is proving really popular with the bees too. Yesterday I counted four different types of bees feeding on it as well as some small hoverflies.

Carder on Indian pea tree

Carder on Indian pea tree

5; Another carder (they are easier to photograph than other bees!) on the Indian pea tree.

Tulip

Tulip

6. And finally a flower without a bee to complete my Six on Saturday .

Six on Sunday

I was going to post six garden highlights yesterday for six on Saturday but I had to work this weekend so I never got time to post. So I am cheating and giving you six on Sunday instead.

1. Crabapple blossom.  The leaves and blossom have suffered from last week’s hail and sleet (note the brown-edged on flowers and leaves), but it is still a beautiful sight!

Crab apple blossom

Crab apple

2. My sister gave me these drumstick primroses as present a few years ago and they seem to be starting to multiply a little.

Primroses

Primula denticulata

3. Slowly the lettuce crops are coming. For now, we are enjoying nice crunchy, peppery radishes, rocket and purslane.

Radish

Radish

4. Rockcress, is not as plentiful as other years. I need to remember to collect seed and set some plants to overwinter in the greenhouse or polytunnel.

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Rockcress

5. The frogs must have run out of room in the pond because we discovered some spawn in this improvised water tank. The tadpole in both pond and tank are growing fast.

Tadpoles

Tadpoles

6. And finally some of the queen bees have started collecting pollen. This means they have chosen their nest sites and within a couple of weeks worker bees will start to emerge.

Bee with pollen

Bombus pratorum, Early Bumblebee