Bumblebee Beacons

The one the lure of Echinops flowers to bees…


July is almost over already, and seems to be going out on a moody note. For its last week, the weather has chosen to treat us to downpours, grey skies and a cooler feel to see out the month, with occasional interludes of hot sunshine.

In the garden the weather does nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of bumblebees on the echinops, an ornamental thistle. This tall, butch perennial is reaching its peak of glory now and even on overcast days, bumblebees can be seen in good numbers on the steely-blue stars arrayed in globes atop the Echinops.

On a dull day the flowers of this plant can seem to glow in the gloom and certainly they must shine out as beacons to bees judging by the number working methodically over its starry orbs. I suspect this is one of those plants which strongly reflects ultra-violet light, a wavelength that pollinating insects and certainly bees look to guide them.

It doesn’t seem long since I was writing my daily blogs in June for 30 Days Wild and having taken a break from the challenge I am keen to get back to the WordPress dashboard and break the blog-fast. Of course it was not the finding of daily mindful moments in nature that posed a particular difficulty, for nature is all around us even in urban environments when we take notice. Rather the challenge was to take one of those momentary experiences each day and translate it into something meaningful and, I hope, interesting for the reader. A handy run-down of all my posts during the #30DaysWild challenge in June can be found in my previous blogpost. I would welcome your feedback as I have never tried a personal daily blog before and it was hard work!

So now that I have come back to the keyboard (or touch screen at least) I wonder what I should realistically aim for over a longer period. I think a post at least once per month should be quite achievable. Of course one feels that when it is less frequent, then it behoves the blogger to write of more momentous things than when tapping out some everyday musings. I hope that this won’t be a mental block to a regular-ish

blogging habit and trust that topics will come to mind that are both informative and enjoyable to read. May I just say thank you at this point for reading and encourage you to comment if you have any feedback on my blog posts so far and what you have enjoyed most.

Mid-week blues

The one about the encounter with blue Cornflowers and Geraniums

#30DaysWild #Day7


In my current work routine on Wednesdays I tend to work from home on the laptop. I enjoyed walking my son to the school as the weather prospects were much improved after torrents of rain overnight and we played I-spy (birds, green bush, blue sky etc. )

After dropping off at breakfast club on the primary school site, my walk back to the house took me past the churchyard where I paused to admire the vibrant blue geraniums planted by the gate. Being raised up from the road level it puts them at a convenient eye level to appreciate their delicate-looking-yet-tough qualities in the the blustery breeze.

A bee came for nectar right on cue as I took some close-ups of the flowers. As a perennial this is one of those plants my mother calls ‘a good-doer’. And being both showy and beneficial to pollinating insects is certainly a virtue worthy of their place at the church entrance-way.

Nearer home I passed the wildflower bank behind the old station and was delighted to see vivid blue Cornflowers out. Also there are purple poppies and mauve-pink corncockle, but they count as being blues too, right? Anyway I hope you enjoy the pictures.