Happy bees

I mentioned the opium poppies ‘Lauren’s Grape’ last week. They are not my favourite flowers but they have proved to be a huge hit with the bees. Bumblebees literally roll around in the blooms as if in ecstasy, vibrating the stamens to get at the pollen while honeybees almost battle over the blooms. I regard them as a success in my attempts to make the bees happy.

6 Comments on “Happy bees”

  1. Paddy Tobin
    July 13, 2022 at 10:12 am #

    A good colour too.

    • thebikinggardener
      July 14, 2022 at 8:23 am #

      Yes it is a nice colour – not quite too dark – but nearly!

  2. Mitzy Bricker
    July 13, 2022 at 7:40 pm #

    Happy bees!

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  3. Meriel in Wicklow
    July 14, 2022 at 1:48 am #

    Your photos are lovely – as usual. I too have some opium poppies most years but have never noticed their especial attractiveness to bees – peculiar that. I do have lots of both bumbles and honey, though I have to say that they don’t seem to be nearly as numerous as usual. I wonder have others had a similar observation?

    • thebikinggardener
      July 14, 2022 at 8:23 am #

      I would have thought that with this warm weather there would be lots of bees but I would guess that number are down. But butterflies seem relatively scarce, even though i have lots of flowers for them. The buddleias have bloomed with hardly a butterfly in sight. Perhaps this warm steam of air from the south this weekend will draw up painted ladies from Europe.

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