Summer Roadside Wildflowers

Meadowsweet and Great Willow-herb A triumvirate of beautiful herbs that are visible very often together around the countryside on roadsides, hedgerows, marshland, meadows, edges of boreens and fields in Ireland at the moment are meadowsweet, great willow-herb and valerian. When I was younger I often wondered what they were as we were stacking and bringing…

Bees

Bumblebee gathering nectar from a borage flower There are nearly 20,000 known species of bees, they are found on every continent except Antarctica. Bees are adapted to gather nectar and pollen from flowers. Nectar is a sweet substance, produced by some plants to attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, bats etc. Bumblebee gathering nectar from…