Unusual bees

This week’s photo challenge from the Daily Post is Unusual.

I recently became aware of some wild bees in the garden. They were carrying pieces of leaf (one at a time) and dragging them into a hole in a piece of wood. I could not tell what sort of leaf they were collecting until I walked past a hedge and noticed a partly chewed leaf.

Damaged leaf
Damaged leaf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bees are leaf-cutter bees. I have read that they are helpful in gardens, pollinating plants. Their leaf damaging habits do not kill the plants.

Is this the culprit?
Is this the culprit?
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July garden colour

The most frequent commenter on this blog posted photos on Facebook of her garden flowers, which were predominantly pink and mauve.  She asked about the colours in other people’s gardens.  When the weather became sufficiently clement I popped out and took some photos in my overgrown garden.  It is predominantly pink as the true geraniums are making a takeover bid and will need to be thinned out soon.

I found other colours too.

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There is a trend towards the yellows and oranges of late summer and early autumn.

A visit to William Wordsworth’s childhood home

My loyal readers may remember that I made friends with another short-listed entrant for the 1st UK Blog Awards.  He is Fletch the Perchcrow, who lives in the garden at Wordsworth’s House, Cockermouth.

On a beautiful sunny day hubby and I went to see him again.  His garden is a riot of colour as you can see from the photos.  We were surprised to find that he seemed totally unaware of a very pretty scarecrow the other side of a wall.  I wonder what she is called.

Selection of photos
Selection of photos
Fletch's garden
Fletch’s garden
Different views
Different views

There were more bees than I have seen anywhere else this summer.  They particularly liked a low plant with yellow leaves and white flowers, which has been planted around the edge of many of the flower beds.

Yarn-bombers had been at work.  This time some of the woolly items included sticks, making a framework.  There were woolly insects too.

Inside the house we were treated to a talk by one of the costumed servants.  Fletch had mentioned the various activities on offer in the summer holidays.  Life in Georgian England was very different from today.

The staff and volunteers were friendly and helpful.  It was interesting to consider how different some nearby places were in the past.