Friday afternoons are my nieces and nephew sitting day, being that here in Edinburgh, the kids have a half day from school. Today the house was turned into a hairdressing salon for the afternoon - my son's girlfriend was on her day off, therefore she was able to give the kids and my son their monthly haircut - yes, he too finishes his work early on a Friday too! Fridays are usually a busy afternoon for me - whilst it's nice to see them all together, it can get rather hectic! My afternoons are usually 'me time' - I work nights and am in general, not a morning person or should that read an early afternoon person? Either way, it was rather nice that when I got up, son's GF had sorted out the laundry, done the downstairs floors for me, organised kids lunches and even emptied the dishwasher for me. I was redundant for the next few hours!! With nothing to do, well that's maybe stretching the truth a bit because had I looked hard enough I'm sure I could have found something - on went the lap top as I decided it was about time I sorted through all last year's garden pictures and free up some space on the hard drive. It's well saying we don't need to pay for photo developing nowadays - I would never have taken a fraction of the pictures I had if I needed to pay to view them!
There was quite literally thousands of images which had me looking back with fond memories and fast forwarding me to warmer, brighter days of spring and summer, many of which I recalled in my Review of 2012 blog.
She is a common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum), although in my garden they are affectionately called the 'wee ginger bumble bees' - I say 'she' because taking size and the fact pollen sacks are present, my guess is that she is a worker.
For more information on British Bumble Bees there are a good few websites/forums out there - here are the ones I use:
Wild About Britain
|Wet June 2012|
In my garden it grows in part shade, in a moist but well drained soil. It is said they prefer neutral to alkaline conditions. Planted in amongst ferns, hostas and heucheras this little beauty really does stand out in a crowd! I'm hoping too that I can propogate more plants from it this year, for that I need to do my homework!
I hope you enjoyed a wee look at these picutres as much as I did reminiscing about them. If you have any tips and advice about propogating this species of Dicentra, I'd like to hear about them.
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