Photographer's Note

Hello Everyone,

This year, I have been trying to make sure that my garden has plenty of bee-friendly flowers.

This is Digitalis purpurea (commonly known as foxglove) and has certainly attracted the bees, this season, as well as looking beautiful!

Foxgloves provide a stick of flowers that last for 3 to 4 weeks. The flowers open from the bottom upwards and they are often spotted and dappled because bees use infrared light. Spots and veins in the flower show up really strongly and lure the bee into the flower. When the bee arrives in search of nectar the lower flowers have lots of pollen, but no nectar, so the bee is forced to go to the next flower up in search of nectar. The pollen from the lowest flowers gets distributed right up the spike and this allows maximum seed set.

This year, the foxgloves and the poppies have been visited by more bees than I can remember, for many years.

(Another photograph as a workshop.)

Thank you for your interest, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8987 W: 361 N: 20800] (82042)
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