Turning the attention to bees and bumble bees we have now identified 11 species in the school garden. This delightful small bee is an Early Bee. It is a male and told by the yellow tuft of hair on the face.
Elsewhere the Collared Dove family are rearing two chicks. Not the most attractive of chicks but they will grow quickly and should fledge soon. If they do not then they will fall out of the nest as it is no bigger that the top of a teacup
In the greenhouse the beautiful orange cactus flowers have appeared. Alas they only last one day to see one you will have to be quick. One of the Pitcher plants had caught a large fly. The sound of the buzzing insect could be heard as it tried to escape the clutches off the plant. It cannot get out as there is nowhere inside the plant to grip on to and climb out and escape. As the fly tires it slips down into the base of the plant. These plants feed on insects and need them to survive as they grow in areas where there are few nutrients. It would have been wrong to intervene.
Gardening-wise a lot of tidying up was done. It is the Open Day this Saturday and we are hoping that the weather will be kind and bring lots of visitors. There will be several games and competitions in garden for children- and adults alike! We need to keep raising money for our Jurassic Garden. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday
Finally another picture of the Echiums. Wonderful towers of flowers.Covered in bees all day long it is a shame that once they have finished flowering they die. Two years of effort but worth every minute of the wait