Flowers for Bees

I wanted to note which flowers, including weed flowers (ie wildflowers), the bees and butterflies are visiting in my garden. I've only just started this page mid-June 2017 so have lots of photos and varieties to add. When I see the bees this summer I hope to take photos of any flowers I don't a pic of with a bee.

I have so many photos of flowers and bees, it's difficult to choose just one of each! At the moment the flowers are in alphabetical order but thinking of putting them in date order of when they flower with a view to ensure we have flowers for bees throughout the year.

Agapanthus, July

bee on agapanthus

Artichoke, July

bees on artichoke

Borage, mid-June

bee on borage


My front garden right next to the pavement is at risk of passing pedestrians damaging a plant (they destroyed a Trachelospermum jasminoides) so now I have a tough buddleja which the bees love.

bee on buddleja

Campanula, June

campanula with bee

Ceanothus, June

bee on ceanothus


Comfrey, June

comfrey with bee

Deadnettle, just a self-seeded weed but the bees love them.

bee on deadnettle

Echium Vulgare/Viper's Bugloss and Echium Blue Bedder, June

I had a little difficulty getting close-up photos but there is a bee just entering one of the Blue Bedder flowers in the centre below.

bee on echium blue bedder

sadly I couldn't get this in focus but there is a bee in one of the flowers, centre right below

bee on echium blue bedder

Foxglove, May-June

Green Alkanet

Globe Thistle, August

bees on globe thistle

Knautia Macedonia, June

knautia macedonia with bee

Lavender, June

bee on lavender

I have some huge (for my garden) clumps of lesser knapweed

bee on lesser knapweed


bee on lupin pollen basket

bee on lupin pollen basket

Muscari (grape hyacinth), April

bee on muscari

Nasturtium, bee going right inside

bee on nasturtium


nigella with bee



Passionflower, June

bee on passionflower


I saw this red admiral butterfly on ragwort in a churchyard in West Sussex on holiday

red admiral butterfly on ragwort

Scabious, August

bee on scabious


snowberry with bee

bee on snowberry

Sunflower, August

bee on sunflower


bee on teasel

teasel with bee