Wordless Wednesday – Dirty faces amongst the Tommies!


So heartening to see faces covered in golden pollen


And bumblebees clambering like giants from cup to cup


And it’s just nice to see colour again!


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10 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Dirty faces amongst the Tommies!

  1. shoreacres says:

    I have to ask: is ‘Tommies’ your word for the bumblebees or the flowers? I was expecting to see WWI soldiers, myself!

    • Ah, sorry for the confusion … it’s the crocuses. Tommies is short for Crocus tommasinianus, which I think I learnt from the IAVOM crowd.

      • shoreacres says:

        Now I am laughing. What is IAVOM?

      • Oh this is dreadful! Apologies again … It’s the popular ‘In a Vase on Monday’ meme host by Cathy@ramblinginthe garden and usually shortened to IAVOM by participants.

      • shoreacres says:

        Oh! And I follow some blogs (even apart from yours) that use that initialism, and still didn’t catch it! That’s on me — no apologies necessary. I saw IAVOM listed in what seemed to be hundreds of Facebook and Instagram entries on Google. If I participated on either of those sites, I might have figured it out before this!

  2. Tina says:

    Ditto Shoreacres question–and what incredible shots!! I love to see bees covered in pollen, always makes me smile.

    • Sorry for not thinking the ambiguity through Tina. The crocus are crocus tommasinianus and are nick named tommies. Every year I love to see the big early bumbles enjoying the crocuses, but sometimes although the flowers are a draw there doesn’t seem to be enough nectar and so we also check to see if we need to do sugar water runs.

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    How wonderful for you and the bees! I’ve noticed that Croci are some of the best first foods for newly emerging bees. Love the pix!

  4. Cathy says:

    Ah, what a lovely sight! The crocus alone are glorious! 🙂

  5. psbrown1@earthlink.net says:

    I am sheltering at home (and working) but had time to catch up a bit on earlier emails.  Thank you for sending these pictures.  The bee made me laugh, and I love the flowers.  I know England is having a bad time as well.  Stay safe and well.Pam

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