Cat mint seldom survives in our garden as it is crushed by the myriad of moggies that frequent the place. To alleviate this problem I have inverted a wire hanging basket and screwed it to the top of a pot of cat mint. This has not stopped Chloe from having a go at it, but at least the lower stems and leaves will be protected.
Rosie had the idea that if we placed the pot against a wall and surrounded it with other pots, at least some of the flowers would survive. It was not long before Max found it and started rubbing the wire basket. I suppose a plant that smells of old tomcat has its own appeal.
Whilst in the garden, it was clear that the chives were attracting rather a lot of bees. I counted 5 species on one clump of chives.
There were also a few solitary bees, which are much smaller than the bumble bees and honey bees.
My list of observed species is;
Red Tailed Bumblebee - Bombus lapidarius
Red Tailed Bumblebee - Bombus rudararius
White Tailed Bumblebee - Bombus lucorum
Garden Bumblebee - Bombus hortorum
Solitary Bee - Colletes daviesanus
Lots of other insects were busy in the garden. I spotted this fly on a hydranga leaf. I would not attempt to identify the species as there are so many of them and I am not an expert by any means.