07917 677667 beesatbobs@btinternet.com RJ beekeeping, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Over the last few days as the Globe Artichoke has come into flower I have noticed an increased amount of activity on it. In the past the bumble bees have gorged themselves on the flowers appearing almost drunk, staggering over the flower heads usually smothered in its’ pollen. Today there are local honeybees, hoverflies and several species of bumbles all gorging away- as usual the bumbles are buried/bathing in the flower heads; the honey bees appear to be collecting the pollen but even they emerse themselves into the flowers.On a different note I am struggling to understand the BBKA and its’ direction regarding its’ teaching structure? Say no more for now!