Posted: 03/07/2012 at 09:19
This past week our garden has been used, for the first time, by the rare bumblebee Bombus ruderatus. It has colonised the meadows in the nearby gardens at Great Dixter. In our garden it is feeding on purple toadflax Linaria purpurea, a species that found us and which I normally pull up. I am going to have to learn to encourage it in my alpine garden!