On Thursdays I usually share garden pictures. But, this week I wanted to celebrate the pollinating insects.
Without them we wouldn't have our pretty gardens, flowers to enjoy, or actually any produce to eat.
So they are important, very important.
The photos were taken over a few days in our garden and the friends garden we visited last week.
Firstly, the bee.
Sat in the garden, quietly watching them, they are fascinating, so focussed on what they need to do.
At the moment friends of the earth are running 'The Bee cause' you can find more about it here I urge you grow more plants that attract pollinating insects and also to take part in the bee count, it is great to see which types visit your garden.
And onto the butterflies.
This one is a common tortoiseshell, one of the most common varieties you will see in British gardens. This one loved the verbena and didn't seem to mind me taking pictures at all. What a poser!
And who knew butterflies have hairy backs!
I simply adored taking the time to sit quietly and take the pictures, something deeply peaceful.
Linking up to Annie at Manneskjur