The bumblebee banquet

If you want bumblebees offer them the plants they love. Here are a few easy, robust and long flowering magnets for long and short tongued bumblebees. Flowering times vary according to weather and the north is usually a month behind the south.

Words & Pictures: Vivian Russell

The world needs bees. Lots of them. Vivian Russell is a little bit obsessed with the twenty-four different sorts of bumblebee native to Britain and has made a garden just for them. And who can resist loving anything whose Latin name is Bombus. This one is Bombus lapidarius or red tailed Bumblebee.
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