Busy Bees

With night temperatures last week dipping to 3 degrees, autumn has definitely arrived and there isn't much colour left in the garden. Apart from our Helianthus Lemon Queen, a perennial sunflower which stands about six feet high and comes into flower each year around now.

Despite the temperatures, there are plenty of insects busy at work on the sunflowers, extracting as much goodness as they can before it's too late. In today's watery sunshine the plants were alive with bees and I noticed several different varieties at work, Unfortunately I can't identify the individual species but their markings set them apart.

The flight of the bumble bee