Wordless Wednesday – Beauty and the Bees

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Buff-tailed bumblebee (I think – it’s hard to differentiate workers from white-tailed bumblebees) launching for the next delicious mallow flower.

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Althaea cannabina (hemp-leaved marshmallow) is a pretty herbaceous perennial that grows a thicket of 2.5m stems from ground level every year.

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This mallow flowers from midsummer well into the autumn. It’s a mass of small pink blooms, delicately-spaced along wiry, branching stems.

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The overall effect is both airy and mobile.

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Bumblebees adore the flowers, landing on the wafting flowers in an action that seems magnetic.


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10 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Beauty and the Bees

  1. Tina says:

    Beautiful set of photos! As much as bee photos cheer me, that shot of the bloom with the blue sky is swoon-worthy.

  2. shoreacres says:

    What a sweet tangle of growth. The flowers look a good bit like our seaside mallow, but the form of the plant’s entirely different. No wonder the bees love it!

  3. What Eliza said. Cute title and always lovely to see bees at work.

  4. Cathy says:

    That first photo is especially pretty, Allison

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