Astrantia ‘Roma’

Astrantia ‘Roma’, a delightful and very useful herbaceous perennial, was exerting some kind of magic on the bees while I was working (my Roehampton project), this afternoon. Nearby drifts of Geraneum and Nepeta were a-buzz, with much busy-ness from one flower to another and another –

By contrast, Hattie’s Pincushion must be insatiably delicious and incredibly comfortable – the bees, if moving at all, making slow, somnambulant progress across the flowers. Oblivious and unfazed by the camera lens being pushed into their furry faces…