I been doing a lot of garden watching from inside the house recently. It’s cool and wet and not very inviting for spending too much time outside. The sun peeped out briefly this afternoon, encouraging me to to mow the meadow that the back lawn has become. In mid-mow, I spotted this little beauty growing in the grass. I have, of course, mowed around it. The little flower measures only 1 cm across-its tiny and perfect.
I had to lift the Caryopteris (this variety is the golden leaved one, Worcester Gold), battered by the rain, to mow under it. It was humming with these little bumble bees. I think they are Carder bees ( Bombus pascuorum) but I’m not an expert on bees. They were certainly enjoying this plant, as well as the lavender that is in full flower.