The weather cannot quite make its mind up this week. One minute, we almost have an air frost and I light the wood burner, yet today, the sun is shining and it feels like the beginnings of summer! The garden is looking really pretty and I wanted to take some shots as it changes so quickly at this time of year. The hub roof is covered with campion and the nectar rich seed mix I planted is germinating. Hopefully it will make a pretty show later in the year and offer a nectar stop-off for local insects!
My bee hotel was quite literally buzzing today with lots of red mason bees hanging around. I think many of them are the males waiting for the females to emerge from their overwintering tubes. I am trialling some new glass tubes this year that Paula Craib made (@madcow_Paula on twitter) If the bees choose to nest in them, we will be able to see how they construct their chambers, which would be brilliant!