Summer Garden

I’ve been away for a week, and come back to find the Verbascum in full flow. It’s a great plant, and bees and hoverflies love the tall spikes of exquisite little flowers.

The buddleia is also in flower, as are the evening primrose – currently full of pollen beetles. I have masses of bindweed all over the garden, and I have always had a fondness for it despite its reputation. Honey bees, hoverflies and other pollinators like them, and they cover all the ugly upright structures like compost bays with a swathe of green, punctuated by their white trumpets. I love how the plants organise themselves in the borders without any help or direction from me.

I have a very dark and rather tatty-looking honey bee on my geraniums:

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