The nights are still cold and so far May has been quite wet while April was more like November!. Still the plants are thriving. As the month progresses more and more plants are flowering. Lungwort is almost finished and so is lamium maculatum. Yellow archangel keeps on flowering and is vistited a lot by bumblebees.
Greater stitchwort is mainly visited by smaller bees and i have seen mason bees visiting this flower and even a smaller species which i could not identify yet:
One of the best plants for bees are wild geraniums. I grow Geranium sylvaticum, the wood crane’s bill, Geranium pyrenaicum or Hedgerow Crane’s-bill, Geranium phaeum Dusky cranesbill and my favourite the meadow crane’s-bill Geranium Pratense. All are good bee plants
The fly honeysuckly is native in the southernmost part of the Netherlands. This is the first time it flowers in my garden and bumblebees visit the flowers regularly.
Rowan in flower:
Bombus terristris has decided to make her nest in my garden. I am thrilled! Bumblebees are so vital for our food supply and this picture of a bumblebee visiting the broad beans says it all