Late summer pollinators at work

There is quite a buzz in the garden in the low Autumn sun as pollinators jostle for space on late flowering, nectar-rich plants.

Butterfly on Aster amellus 'Rudolf Goethe'

Butterfly on Aster amellus ‘Rudolf Goethe’

Clear favourites are

  •  Verbena bonariensis,
  • Asters
  •  Sedum  spectabile

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Butterfly on Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’
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Lavendula ang. Munstead

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Honeybee on Aster amellus ‘Rudolph Goethe’

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Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'

Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’

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Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

Nasturtium

Bee just visible on Nasturtium

Herbs too are clear favourites.

Oregano

Oregano and thyme

Colony Collapse Disorder

I think all of us must be aware now of the global crisis concerning the fall in bee numbers – Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

Insect pollination is essential for many crops, particularly fruit, which we depend on.

One in three mouthfuls of what we eat needs to be pollinated.

As gardeners, we can help alleviate the problem by avoiding pesticides and providing adequate food and habitats for them.

So, now that’s its autumn, you may be reviewing your planting …. perhaps you can spare a thought for the bees.

What bees like :

  • plants in the blue/mauve spectrum
  • native plants; hybridisation has reduced available pollen/nectar
  • a succession of flowering plants throughout the growing season
  • feeding in sunny, sheltered areas
  • herbs
  • wilder areas to forage

Maybe a meadow instead of a lawn?

Imagine what we gardeners could do if we took action to save our bees?

(All photography mine; feel free to use any of Jardin’s images but please credit and link back)

10 thoughts on “Late summer pollinators at work

    • Ah, thanks Christopher. Yes, this is the perfect time for dividing perennials, putting in bulbs (crocuses, muscari & fritillarias for bumblebees) and generally reviewing the hits and misses this year!

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  2. Fantastic photos of bees enjoying your lovely flowers. Have you read Dave Goulson’s ‘A Sting in the Tail’? Best book (gardening or otherwise) that I’ve read this year from a very entertaining bee expert.

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    • Glad you like the bees (& flowers).
      I haven’t read it – thanks for the recommendation… now on the list! Don’t know my bees at all but have recently bought a handy pocket identification guide.

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