Bee-fuddled Bumble ~ A Case Of Too Much Pink?


To my eye this looks like one inebriated bee, O.D-ed on pollen and caught here, flat-out among the rhododendrons at Rosemoor.

It was a year last May and we were on our way back to Shropshire from Cornwall after a very special event, the christening of Graham’s god daughter, and we decided the route home must include a deviation through Great Torrington in Devon, and thus a visit to the Royal Horticultural Society’s garden at Rosemoor. It is a magical place, both of itself and its setting in the River Torridge valley, and you probably need to spend a whole day there to do it justice; or better still, stay several days in Rosemoor House and so see the gardens out of hours. Here are a few of the RHS website highlights – not one garden but several gardens.

And here are some of my highlights, pink and otherwise, though we weren’t too lucky with the light. Click on any image to view as a slide show:

In the Pink #25

38 thoughts on “Bee-fuddled Bumble ~ A Case Of Too Much Pink?

  1. I often get the feeling that some bees are drunk on nectar. Rosemoor is a lovely garden (as is North Devon actually) and I keep meaning to get up there in the summer to see the roses. All very nice highlights Tish.

  2. Inebriated by the delicious nectar! A common sight also in our garden. Bumble bees are often so drunk that they cannot or would not fly away even if you touch and stroke them. Fantastic photos, especially the one with the gateway into the garden. Best wishes! Peter

    1. You can put crocks in the bottom to improve drainage, and/or stand them on specially designed pot feet. I think it’s also down to the kind of compost you use, whether the plant needs added grit or whatever. Taking all those things into account, they can work well.

  3. Everything looks so lush and there is still a lot of colour. At this time of year, we are only seeing decay.
    I like the 3rd photo with the purple balls. I have no idea what it is but they’re pretty.

    1. This looks a very lovely crab apple. I think we have only one columnar variety in the UK, Laura, but they are ideal in smaller gardens. So glad you found a tree to suit. Some time ago I’d thought of a columnar one for the back fence and then forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder.

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