Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Bee Buffet

It's quite amazing to see the proliferation of bees feasting in our gardens.  I've worked to plant a lot of variety for them paying particular attention to late Summer and early Fall (which can be a time of dearth).  The bees are consequently very busy bringing in these late pollens and honey is being stored in large quantities for the long winter ahead.  

Canada Goldenrod is a favourite of bees and every year, our patch is LOADED with bees from the first flower opening until the blooms fade away...

Catmint has been a surprise!  I would have to say in terms of bee density, this has to be a honey bee's favourite meal.

Monarda (bee balm),

Crego asters,



and good ol' squash blossoms provide popular meals, too.

The most interesting sighting this year?   The ENORMOUS bees which came and feasted for several weeks on the nectar of the delphiniums.  They were over an inch long and were so loud, it was deafening!  Truly, it was comical to see them fly after a good long drink of nectar.... between their VERY large size and the weight of a full load of nectar, they actually struggled to fly away!

What do the bees like at your place?