|Looking into the veg patch with kale flowering |
and my lovely old cherry tree at the far end.
I decided to leave my Wildflowers for Pollinators meadow in for a third year, forgoing onions as this year it is now my Allium plot. I have garlic in here and just enough space to transplant my leeks later on in the summer. It will have to go before next year though as with my 5 year crop rotation this will be where I'm planting my spuds!
What's still in there is Hesperis matronalis, Wallflowers (which must be perennial ones as they are flowering again), Forget Me Nots, a white Valerian, some Foxgloves, a yellow flowered Lupin, some Coreopsis lanceolata, and a few things I'm not sure what they are - could possibly be weeds that have nothing to do with this patch, but time will tell! I'm expecting the annuals to self seed to fill in the odd gaps here and there.
|Year 3 for my Wildflowers for Pollinators meadow.|
|These are regular Forget Me Nots; elsewhere I have the smaller Alpine variety. |
But they look great with the Wallflowers. There's a small fly on the Forget Me Not in the centre.
But the stars of the show right now are the purple curly kale and the PSB flowers, which are attracting bees galore. The kale is the prettiest with the purple stems and leaves, but the bees are not fussy.
|A Carder Bee - I see loads of these pretty bumble bees here.|
Possibly Bombus pascuorum.
|Yellow-legged Mining Bee (Andrena flavipes).|
|Hairy-footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes), male.|
|A closer view of the Hairy-footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes). |
Here he is again showing his middle leg which is really hairy!
|And this is just a solitary bee of some sort, not enough info in this photo for an ID.|
It's not just the Brassicas which are attracting insects, the strawberries are alive with them too!
|Which is why this crab spider has been hunting and caught a little fly for dinner.|
|I thought this was a Grasshopper but I've discovered it's most probably a Common Groundhopper |
(Tetrix undulata). Good old insect book. I'd never even heard of a Groundhopper!
|It's a great spring for butterflies and I've never seen |
a Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) early in the year before!
|I found this beetle which I'm 99% sure is Malachius bipustulatus.|
|Malachius bipustulatus - what a sweet little face!|
|Groovy coloured tiny weevil on a currant leaf. I saw them a number of times |
on the currants last year, but they don't seem to be doing them any harm.
I will of course do a proper veg patch update when there is anything edible to talk about. :-)