Black Bees, Compost and Rocket Stoves

Nasturtiums, Lobelia, Petunia, Sweet William, Perlagonium, Valerian and Night Scented Stock are jostling for space near the back door. Abundance reigns supreme in the gardens, as seen here in these lovely old-fashioned roses that lead the way up to the new orchard. Bees are in a frenzy over the Cotoneaster. This is a strange bee with a black bottom half. The black bit appears shiny. Do you have any idea what kind of bee this is? All this buzzing guarantees lots of food for the birds over winter! Another lovely bee working hard here at Bealtaine Cottage this evening. The…