When I was shopping for a rosemary plant last week, I had a look for a cactus dahlia, having been charmed by the ones I saw at River Cottage in the summer of 2019. There weren’t any to my taste but there was another dahlia which caught my eye as well as a lily, both of which should be a deep red.
The dahlia has now been planted between the ferns at the side of the pond and I look forward to seeing it in the summer. The lily is destined for the front garden with it not being edible unlike the flowers of the dahlia (apparently, though I gave it a go last year and am still alive and kicking).
In the meantime, I was very pleased to see the first bumblebee of the year. It was zigzagging low across the garden and then disappeared from view, only to emerge from a hole in the soil near the back door.
I’d wondered if this might be a bumblebee nest, after noticing it previously. Having just looked on the Bumblebee Conservation Trust website, I now see that the bumblebee zigzagging close to the ground was probably a queen bee who was looking for a nest site. So, I am a bit disappointed that she may well have rejected this hole but who knows?