Buzz, buzz

Not much to do in the garden this weekend – we are more or less at that point in the year when just a little weeding and deadheading is needed, and we can sit back and enjoy the view. So I did a little weeding and deadheading, along with removing some of the extraneous foliage from the tomatoes to encourage them to put their energy into the fruit. I also removed one of our two hollyhocks, which had been looking sorry for itself for a few weeks – then we found out it had hollyhock rust, so it had to go.

There seem to be flowers everywhere and bees enjoying them – lurching happily from bloom to bloom as though they can’t believe their luck.

Front garden, at a slightly wonky angle (I was standing on the front step)

Front garden, at a slightly wonky angle (I was standing on the front step)

Asters bursting into flower

Asters bursting into flower

Day lilies and rudbeckia

Day lilies and rudbeckia

Cosmos - and a bee!

Cosmos – and a bee!

 

And another bee, on the lavender!

And another bee, on the lavender!

Trust me, this flower bed is covered in bees

Trust me, this flower bed is covered in bees

 

Hosta flowering away (there's a bee in there somewhere, I could hear him)

Hosta flowering away (there’s a bee in there somewhere, I could hear him)

Scabious

Scabious

Aster

Aster

 

Sweet pea

Sweet pea

 

And another sweet pea

And another sweet pea

Centaurea - and a bee!

Centaurea – and a bee!

Polemoniun - and another bee!

Polemoniun – and another bee!

 

Phacelia - provided specially for the bees, so I'd be disappointed if it wasn't covered in them (it is, all the time)

Phacelia – provided specially for the bees, so I’d be disappointed if it wasn’t covered in them (it is, all the time)

A couple of quick pics of the tomato plants after their trim. Three plants each of Shirley and Sungold. We have been picking the Sungold for a week or two, and you can see how much more there is to come.

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Sungold is a cherry variety, very small and intensely sweet. Today’s haul, including a few strawberries:

Told you they were small

Told you they were small

The strawberries are a wild variety and are quite small but very tasty. But usually only a few ripen each day and they don’t keep well, so we just have to eat them straight away.

And one last happy bee on the phacelia.

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