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Hello Everyone,

Maybe some of you will remember that I have been concerned in caring for the welfare of bees, this year.

I have ensured that there are flowers that are bee-friendly in our garden. Things like poppies, foxgloves and snapdragons have been very popular.

But, I wasn't aware just how attractive the raspberries were to the bees. I can see that they are a favourite, and I have seen the bumblebees attracted to them often.
The flowers are neither big, nor showy. In fact, raspberry flowers are not single blooms but rather comprised of 100-125 pistils. Each pistil must be pollinated to create a mature seed and resulting drupe.

Thankfully, the nectar produced by raspberry bushes is very attractive to bees and will encourage them to visit often!

My photograph shows a bumblebee which was particularly acrobatic and spent some of its time completely upside down on the flower.

I will add a w/s from a different flower.

Thank you for your interest, Bev :-)

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