The start of spring has been a pretty dull and wet affair, but it just takes an occasional bit of sunshine to make the flowers bloom and the bees buzz.
This red-tailed bumblebee, Bombus lapidarius, was sashaying her shimmering red bum in the sunshine.
They are very distinctive and easy to recognise bees. The workers have the same colouring as the queen, black with a red bottom,but are smaller, whereas the males have additional yellow faces and a yellow stripe on their thorax.You can see how fuzzy she is when she poses nicely for a rim-lit photo.
I think the other bumblebee is a queen buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris. Confusingly the males and workers have white bottoms.
As you can see the flowering currant is still flowering.
The daffodils finally bloomed.
Despite the rain they kept their heads held high.
The primroses are still going strong.
The dog violets have been joined by white dog violets.
The grape hyacinths, Muscari, are multiplying.
The aubrieta is making its presence known.
The broom (which I had mistaken for a type of gorse!) is developing fuzzy flower buds.
The lilac continues its unstoppable progress.
The lesser celandine is littering the lawn.
The periwinkle is winking out from under the shadows.
The apple is starting to think about blossoming, framed by forsythia.
Herb Robert is in the pink.
Whatever this is is producing pretty white flowers.
My neighbour’s plant that grows over the top of the fence is also providing me with a free supply of white flowers.
I nearly forgot the forget-me-nots.
And finally, the tulips that I planted in the autumn have actually grown and are threatening to flower!
Update: A friend on Twitter has identified my white flowering shrubby thing to be an Amelanchier.