The bees and butterflies are just loving my garlic chive flowers
at the moment.
This Comma butterfly
was very happy yesterday. These flower heads have multiple flowers on one head so bees can pollinate many flowers at a time without having to fly to the next flower.
I have observed that pollinating insects seem to prefer many vegetable flowers to flower flowers.
I would encourage growers to leave a couple of veggies at the end of each row to go to seed for a few months for the sake of the bees. Parsnips, beetroot, broccoli, leeks all produce wonderful flowers for pollinators.
Meanwhile, I picked my biggest Beefmaster tomato
yesterday. Not bad at 2lbs 6 oz... but the British record is over 5 lbs so I have a way to go to beat that!
My final tally of Winter squash is displayed here. They are being dried out and the skins 'cured' on a sunny windowsill indoors.