At this time of year, the border seizes its moment for 15
It's as though the plants know there's not much point in growing above wall height.
And even on a cloudy day, as Sunday was, the border was alive with pollinators. Silver Y moths were still present, the first Large White butterflies put in an appearance, there were all manner of flies and, best of all, several species of bumblebee.
Although the bees were very active and, ideally for ID purposes, I need them to remain perfectly still for minutes at a time, one species was very recognisable. It was a Great Yellow Bumblebee, Bombus distinguendus, a real northern treasure.
Its presence, amongst the alliums, chives, poppies, knapweeds and Red Campion, is a huge vote of confidence for all Our Lass's hard work.
There were also Garden Bumblebees and Common Carders.
And, as mentioned previously, the Large Whites were on the wing, although this pair had other ideas...
The first photo also has a photo-bombing ichneumon wasp, maybe even the heroine of the previous day's blogpost.
All the above photos were taken as we were trying to leave the house to go and buy some bedding plants. We simply struggled to tear ourselves away! Eventually, however, we made it to the car and drove down to South Ronaldsay to a nursery that was having an open day.
I must say, I was still in wildlife watching mode (is there any other mode?), so carried on photographing insects, as Our Lass chose more flowers for the border.
|A hoverfly Sericomyia silentis|
|A hoverfly Eristalis sp, not pertinax as I first thought, but possibly either arbustorum or abusiva|
|A hoverfly Rhingia campestris|