A hive of Small Garden Bumble Bees has established itself in a disused Wren's nesting box under
a honeysuckle bush in our garden. This year the wrens are absent,
in fact I've seen only one all winter.
The bees are very shy and I have to tap the nest to encourage them to appear.
After much buzzing they emerge!
They keep busy all day collecting pollen from a rose bush a few meters from the hive.
This rose is one of my favourites but it blooms for only about two or three weeks a year.
We are however compensated by the gift of beautiful oval pendulous fruits which progress from
luscious green to scarlet throughout the season.
The bees flit so quickly from flower to flower that I find it difficult to follow their movements.
Oil painting titled SUMMER by artist Jason Jon.
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