Our neighbour’s buddleia is thriving much to the delight of bees, butterflies, hoverflies and wasps, and providing a feast of insects for the birds.
Our own garden has overgrown in the heatwave as preparations for a special arrival (we don’t know yet whether we will have a queen bee or a king drone) have taken priority this summer.
But we have made some big changes to the garden. The fish have gone to a better place – someone my mother found was able to rehome our goldfish in a magnificent pond easily ten times the size of our tiny pool.
The frog ponds are teeming with tadpoles and the frogs have shown their appreciation over our lack of garden maintenance by sitting on rocks sheltered by ivy.
The solitary bee nests hidden beneath the untamed clematis are filling up nicely, as far as I can see. Ours truly is a secret garden this year.
At the apiary, mine and Emily’s hives were very kindly looked after by Thomas Bickerdike until he found two excellent beekeepers to take over Everlasting’s and Angelica’s colonies. So like Emily, I have said farewell to our lovely Ealing bees but in the knowledge that they have two new wonderful keepers, Jo and Dinesh, under whom they will thrive and make new queens and new stories.
This is a big week for John and I as our due date approaches, so it is here that I will leave the bee garden for the summer. I hope that your prayers and good wishes will be with us, until I return to gardening and blogging in the autumn.
UPDATE Our baby girl Constance has arrived and is doing wonderfully.