Trying to capture bumble bees on camera is tricky. Wandering around the garden this morning trying to get a good shot I got up close and personal with a bumble bee having a total party in a poppy flower. It dived in right under the stamen and literally rolled around like a dog rolling in… well something more stinky than pollen. Twas a gorgeous sight. I didn’t quite manage to capture it, but did get a few good shots.
These gorgeous little creatures also love to frolic in my pumpkin flowers, one of the reasons I assume my vines are so prolific. Three Golden Nugget plants (from Southern Harvest seed – a fabulous local seed company) are currently sporting 50 or so pumpkins.
A few more seedlings started later are scattered around the garden so will be interesting to see how they go compared with the main patch, which were planted out quite early (October I think) into mounds covered by black plastic to help warm up the soil.