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Friday, 2 December 2016

Honeybees on Agastache, Clematis, Echium, Sidalcea...


Every October there is a burst of interest in the Abutilon Ashford red, by honeybees, bumble bees and wasps.

The vegetable garden is thickly peppered with self-seeded borage, to the delight of the honeybees, 31st October.

Honeybee on an Agastache blue fortune flowering since July, this photo was taken on October 18th and it's still giving.

Honeybee foraging inside Clematis tangutica October 5th.

Clematis tangutica, (This plant came from an IGPS plant sale, marked as a seedling from a Glasnevin dusk, so it's a pretty, mystery plant!), the bumble bees liked it too.

Honey bee visiting Echium blue bedder.

Echium blue bedder, a super, easy, self-seeding annual bee-plant, loved by bumble bees too, July 24th.

Honeybees visiting Papaver somniferum on a windy day, another super easy annual, self-seeding, popular bee plant.

Sidalcea malviflora was very popular with honey bees and bumble bees, July 24th.

I rarely see bees foraging on the meadowsweet, so seeing the honeybees on July 27th was notable.

Great Willowherb, growing wild near the big pond, popular with the bees.

  Anthemis tinctoria, dyers chamomile with Honeybee and hoverfly foraging.
A very good bee plant and a long flowering season, when dead-headed. 

Honeybee on Knautia arvensis, Field Scabious, another super bee plant with a long flowering season.

Wendy gave me this edible marshmallow plant, Althaea officinalis, the honeybees love it too.

 Honeybee collecting pollen from tulips. April 29th.

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