The children opted to grow flowers in their little garden beds this year. We bought seeds called "Bee Mixture", and also sowed some cornflowers, marigolds, nigella, cosmos and sunflowers.
It occurred to me the other day that our garden is hardly ever without a bee at the moment. In the past, when we've only had fruit, vegetables and herbs, things for bees have been in short supply. It's been so lovely having bees buzzing around all the time, it really has added something to the garden. I think from now on I'll try and make sure bee-friendly flowers are always interspersed amongst the vegetables.
I've noticed that some of the food plants are great for bees too, particularly raspberries, oregano, chives, marjoram and beans. The last picture is an artichoke flower. The bees seem to absolutely adore them, and they spend ages poking around deep down inside the flower until their little fluffy bodies are covered in pollen. Bee heaven I think. I'm all for helping these amazing and industrious creatures, that are so essential to our way of life. Things for bees will be at the top of my growing list for next year.