There’s been growing concern over the shortage of bees in our country and elsewhere. It seems a number of things are responsible for it: weather, the use of insecticides, lack of govt funding for support and research, etc. This simply encourages me all the more to keep planting things that I know the bees would love. I was concerned when our willow tree seemed to be lacking in bees visiting when it first opened in flower but the bees did turn up eventually. And they’ve stayed, visiting all corners of our garden.
This is a buddleja in our neighbour’s garden. We’re waiting for ours to open up. They’re also known as the ‘butterfly bush’ but I believe the bees enjoy them as well.