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Busy Bees on Autumn Flowers

September 3, 2015

The allotment was buzzing with several species of bees this week enjoying the flowers of Cosmos ‘Purity’…


Sunflower ‘Velvet Queen’ …


Sunflower ‘Russian Giant’ …


Dahlia ‘All Triumph’…


Calendula ‘Indian ‘Prince’…


Nasturtium ‘Thomb Thumb Mixed’…


Bees love the flowers of Phacelia tanacetifolia a green manure that produces lovely pale mauve flowers in Spring. It’s worth sowing any empty beds this autumn with green manures to improve soil fertility and nutrients and to suppress weeds. And watch this excellent video

2015 – Prof Dave Goulson – Bees, Pesticides and Politics to support the campaign to ban bee-killing pesticides for good.

The fennel sown from seed a few weeks ago is now planted out on the allotment and is looking remarkably healthy in a very short time….

DSCN5279The globe artichokes sown at the same time are also doing well but will be left in their pots in the propagator till next spring. Various attempts in the past got this far and then the young plants were devoured  by slugs. The speed with which both these vegetables germinated and grew means there’s still time to sow seeds before Autumn gets started…


This week the cut flowers are in two red Bohemian glass vases and are Calendula officianalis, Dahlia ‘Mingus Alex’ and D.’Chat Noir’ plus a few stems of Ammi majus.





7 Comments leave one →
  1. September 3, 2015 12:22 pm

    An interesting post with lots of useful tips, great to see so many pollinator friendly plants being enjoyed by so many bees. Thank you for video clip.

  2. September 3, 2015 12:37 pm

    Lovely post, I clicked on your link but that does not seem to be working. We pit in Phacelia here too, its a wonderful plant.

    • September 3, 2015 12:45 pm

      Hi Julie

      I’ll try and make it work ! It’s probably me and technology.


    • September 3, 2015 12:51 pm

      It should be working now.

      • September 3, 2015 2:05 pm

        Listening now – Great link Sue, Thanks so much for sharing this. 🙂

      • September 3, 2015 3:28 pm

        I have just listened to the whole of his lecture, some of the practices he shared particularly on farming subsidies are quite shocking. I have read A Sting in the Tale and more recently A Buzz in the Meadow, I’d recommend both of those if you haven’t read them already. Thanks again for sharing, Julie

  3. September 4, 2015 8:30 pm

    Isn’t it nice to watch the way the bees enjoy the flowers, like that bumblebee throwing itself down the throat of that nasturtium and the others following around the maze of disk florets on the sunflower. Thanks for the link. I’m reading A sting in the Tale now.

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