Shortly after we set up home here I bought a packet of primula seeds. There were hardly any flowers in the garden and I wanted some colour. I was pleased with the quantity of seedlings that resulted and which prospered and multiplied. This suited me very well as there were plenty of places to put in new plants when the older ones were split. However, as the years passed I began to run out of places and because you can’t eat primulas the neighbours were not interested in them either.
In addition, as I accumulated more flowers I found that the primulas could cover the smaller spring flowers like the crocus and snowdrops. The red one with the yellow centre was particularly vigorous and I decided that definitely this year, enough was enough. They could have their last flowering and then it would be the compost heap.
That was until this morning.
I’d seen him roaring through the broad beans yesterday afternoon, he was either chasing off another male or trying to catch a female as he didn’t stop. The Anthophora plumipes bees were back. They are one of my favourites. Who couldn’t not love a bee with a name like the Hairy-footed flower bee? (Please note his hairy feet.)
I never knew they liked Primula and Narcissi. I should have because BWARS gives a long list of the flowers they visit.
So this is how a bee saved some Primulas from the compost heap.
I couldn’t get rid of them now, could I?