The bees and the bees
With the invasion of the varroa bee mite there has been a reduction in the number of nearby hives (both wild and domestic).
I was surprised and relieved to witness a large number of bumble and honey bees servicing the apricot tree.
This photos shows one of the more wild bees. Notice the dark colouring, where 'normal' bees are orange an black striped.September 05, 2011
Common name Annual honestyLatin name Lunaria annuaDetails Easy to grow from seed and tends to naturalize. An annual or biennial growing to 90 cm with large, coarse, pointed oval leaves. In spring and summer it bears terminal racemes of violet flowers, followed by showy, light brown, translucent, disc-shaped seedpods the skin of which falls off to release the seeds, revealing a central membrane which is white with a silvery sheen, 3–8 cm in diameter.Price $2.9030 seeds