Last year when I took part in the big garden bee count the lavenders were all out in flower but even though the bees absolutely favourite flower isn’t quite out yet, there are still lots of bee friendly flowers for them to get lots of nectar from.
The exquisite scent of the mock orange (Philidelphius) flowers waffs about the garden enticing the bees with it’s scent that smells like pear drop sweets.
Geraniums, campanula and million bells also entice the bees and other insects.
Wildflowers such as; red campion, horehound and foxglove are always a big favourite with the bees. Their absolute favourite at the moment is the cotonester bush they pries the little tight flower buds open to reach in and grab the yummy nectar and carder bees have even got their nest right next to it for convenience.
Its lovely to sit and watch the bees busily buzzing about the garden. I’ve tried to follow them as they dart quickly from flower to flower but it’s so hard to keep up with them; and even harder to capture them on camera. It’s truly amazing how quickly they move about the flowers.
An hours bee count for today
Common carder bee 19
wool carder bee 1
Shrill carder bee 5
Brown carder bee 5
Red mason bee 1
Willoughby leafcutter bee 3
Red tailed bumble bee 2
Garden bumble bee 1
Buff tailed bumble bee 2
I may do another bee count at the end of June when more flowers are out but to be honest I don’t need much of an excuse to follow bees around the garden.