I have been wondering where all the bees and butterflies have been this year as there has been little to see in my garden. However, this week things have improved and the Bee and Butterfly bed has rightly deserved its name. The late flowering Lobelia and Phlox have joined in with the party now.
Bees have been seen on the Echinops in the raised bed at the back of the garden as well as happily buzzing around the wild water mint which despite all my efforts to remove it keeps coming back. Still it is nice to see the bees enjoying the flowers.
And there have been butterflies a plenty, though not always easy to photograph. Several Red Admirals have looked very tattered with broken and torn wings. Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Large Whites have been seen. But I haven’t seen a Peacock in years!
And Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is absolutely smothered in bees and hoverflies and other pollinators. I have only had this plant a couple of years and although I love the way she flowers for months on end I am not happy at how much she loves to spread her wings. For a small garden with even smaller beds maybe this geranium was not the best choice.
It’s been another dry week in the south-east of the country with hosepipe bans being introduced in certain counties. Here in the far west of Cornwall we have had a few early morning showers which although keeping the grass green hasn’t really penetrated very deeply into the soil and some of the containers have had to be watered. Luckily most have pelargoniums in them and they are loving the sun.
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