Sunday, 4 August 2013

Sleepy Bees

The last few weeks have been full of family events and business that has stopped me blogging.  During this time we have had scorching weather for a couple of weeks and now good old UK summer weather.  Hot muggy, very high humidity and then torrential rain, thunder and lightening and gales.  This mad weather has of course taken its toll on the garden, which is now very overgrown, green and ......flat.  There is a lot to be done to try to resurrect the garden for late summer.
The vegetables have done well, we have had kilos of peas and haricot vert  and salad leaves, the runners are coming and the sunflowers are six foot high.  H found copious quantities of Deer droppings in one corner of the garden this morning, surprisingly not where we see them coming in normally, so we will have to see whether the garden and the Deer can live in harmony, we're not keen on the idea of stopping them coming through the garden unless we really have to.
We have a large swathe of Goldenrod (Solidago sp, Asteraceae) growing on our roadside verge and we have noticed how much the bees love it.  Looking at it this evening it was smothered by very slow moving sleepy Bumbles - is it the weather, the end of the season or does the golden rod pollen make then dopey?  Ideas in the comments section please - would love to know what you think!