The blossom has been amazing this year! Warm days and cold nights here has meant that it has lasted quite a bit longer. The blossom on my Bramley Apple
tree also smells heavenly.
The crab apple
tree is also covered in blossom.
So the honey bees are having a great time these past few days.
It looks like pollination will be good this year, and hopefully will follow a good crop of apples.
I am breaking the habit of a lifetime this year and planting F.L.O.W.E.R.S. on my allotment. Regular readers will know that 'Matron does not do flowers' but if a few flowers encourage the pollinating insects to pollinate my vegetables... then why not help out a bit. These giant Sunflowers
, a variety called 'Giraffe'
are doing fine. I need to wait until all risk of frost is past to plant them out.
And ditto these Borage flower seedlings. Seed saved from last year. Bees just adore Borage flowers
which last right the way through the season. Also known as 'star flowers' these little blue flowers can be picked and floated in drinks. Supposed to taste like cucumber.. mine didn't!