It is very important that gardeners do select bee friendly plants that flower at this time of year. The marked decline in the bee population will affect us all if our crops and flowers aren't pollinated in the future
Another native plant that is coming into flower is this stunning little orchid Dactylorhiza maculata or Marsh spotted orchid. This one is growing in a pot as part of my alpine/orchid collection the garden soil here is heavy clay which wouldn't suit it if I planted it out. I should add that it was bought from a reputable grower and not collected from the wild which would be both illegal and irresponsible.