Bee (and butterfly) Heaven

In the background, white English lavender; in the foreground a white Hebe. Both plants have dense spikes containing hundreds of individual flowers which open over many days.

This long sunny border in front of the greenhouse is ideal for these flowers and through July attracts a constant procession of bees (honey and bumbles). They come and go all day, from dawn ’til dusk, gathering nectar from these obliging plants.

Butterflies visit sporadically too, particularly the cabbage whites, frustrated no doubt, by the close-knit netting around my brassicas.

Here is a close up of the lavender. Zoom in and try to count how many flowers there are!

Here is a close up of the Hebe taken a few weeks earlier just as it started into flower:

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