A 12 months within the bee backyard – November

A number of lingering butterflies rested their wings on the ivy flowers in November, however they had been too fleeting to catch with my digicam.

November is an efficient month to plan subsequent 12 months’s backyard by paying attention to which crops have thrived finest wherein elements of the backyard, and which have attracted essentially the most insect guests.

My bee backyard calendar is slowly coming collectively, beginning with spring flowers and spring-flowering shrubs (snowdrops, crocuses, bluebells, cotoneaster, hebe, smoke tree), long-lasting summer time flowers (salvia, scabiosa, toadflax) and late summer time to autumn blooms (snowberry, sedum). All of those crops appear to develop effectively in our heavy clay soil.

November can also be a month of surprises.

Our fatsia has flowered for the primary time to the delight of honeybees, bumble bees, hoverflies, and to me.

The mornings are getting frosty. Even the frogs are not bothering to pop up and watch John when he’s gardening.

Quickly the bee backyard will sleep for winter.