As June leads into summer, we often experience periods of drought.  Travellers are warned to carry bottles of water with them on the London Underground, bird baths are regularly filled and allotments and gardens are watered to keep plants growing. Spare a thought though for bees, butterflies, and other bugs as they too need to drink.  Providing that drink is in fact easy to do.  Sink a plant saucer into the ground, so that the edge is virtually flush with the soil, this enables easy access for the bugs that cannot fly. Partially fill the saucer with pebbles, this has two big advantages: it provides a way out of the water for bugs that fall in and reduces the rate of evaporation. Then, fill the saucer to the brim with water and you have created the perfect, bug drinking trough. Just remember to keep topping it up, else it will run dry in really hot weather.  June is also one of the best months for wildflower shows, so food for pollinators is in abundance in our gardens and common land.  Many flowers will extend their flowering season, provided they are regularly dead headed, but this is also the time to think ahead to be sure that, as we move through July into August and beyond, that there will still be sufficient food for our pollinator friends.  Thistles and their relatives are good late season flowers as are Michaelmas daisies, Tansy, and Yarrow. Sadly, late flowering pansies are of little value to pollinators as they do not require pollination, so provide no rewards.  Buddleia is also a great late season source of nectar for butterflies, though it is also an extremely invasive coloniser and it’s best to deadhead before seeds set; this also leads to secondary and even tertiary flowering of the cut stems.