Even on the greyest day, one look at a sunflower is enough to raise the spirits. Unless that sunflower has a little green monster inside of course - any ideas what this little darling in the second picture might be?
I'm guessing he's not good, as he doesn't look like a bumble bee, even in my limited understanding of wildlife, but will he and his chums cause the premature loss of seeds in the sunflower, or can I sleep at night.
It's all very worrying this gardening stuff, I'm not at all happy with the levels of fear and loathing that flying and sliming things generate... and I'm starting to feel guilty at the number of snails that have flown over the wall recently. Still, the sunny bits are good while they last.
Hopefully they will last a little while, because the Thanet microclimate isn't being exactly reliable at the moment.