The last supper

The bees are busy foraging for the last pollen and nectar of the season before the winter arrives. There is a surprising amount of colour still in the garden from the never-ending cosmos, geranium rozanne and verbena bonariensis, plus the later flowering rudbekia, penstamens and echinacea and the newly acquired bushy blue caryopteris and magenta, daisy-like osteopermum trescos. While these flowers are still attracting the odd bumblebee and hoverflies, the honeybees are elsewhere. They are on walls, railway sidings, any forgotten nook and cranny that is covered in ivy, because at this time of year, mature ivy is in bloom, producing tiny white flowers that produce a rich source of food for a honeybee colony in search of its last supper.

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