Yesterday I was planting out some of the flowers and vegetables bursting from their modules in the greenhouse. So I was head down in the borders and beds for much of the day. There was a lot of humming going on, but it wasn’t me. It was bees, or rather bumblebees.
Looking around there were hardly any honey bees, but there were plenty of bumblebees.
They were enjoying the alliums. They were all over A. ‘Purple Sensation’, but strangely they avoided A. cristophii:
They love the chives:
There should be a good crop of beans this year, if pollination is the deciding factor:
They were queueing for the Centaurea montana:
And the open-flowered ‘Amazone’ dahlias I’d brought home the day before from a quick grocery shop (arguing that butterflies would really love them) proved an instant hit.
I think this is a garden bumblebee on the Nepeta. They have funny long faces and prefer flowers with deep tubes:
I’ve not identified the next one, but I think that I must have dug up its hole in the ground, because it kept buzzing around and settling on nearby leaves while I planted some Antirrhinum:
It is heartening to see so many bumblebees doing their stuff around the garden, but I do worry that there are so few honey bees in contrast.
These bumblebees were identified (if I’ve got them right of course!) through the Bumblebee Conservation Organisation website