|I wish I knew my bees, but this little one went through each tiny trumpet. Flower clusters are no bigger than a nickel.|
Helping them find pollen is key this time of year.
I find the most activity is in the perennial herb boarder.
Most culinary inclined gardeners prevent many herbs from flowering, unless to achieve seed harvesting in the late season. I however, allow many to go to flower and bolt in order to provide bees and other pollinators a chance to gather pollen (much needed now for overwintering preparations).
Don't under-estimate small flowers from herbs. Here is an assortment of perennial herbs that have tiny flowers that attract a lot of pollinator activity:
|(Although, basil is not usually perennial in my zone (5b), this one self seeds every year)|
|With multiple self seeded plantings in a season, this late bloom (albeit tiny flowers) attracts pollinators like crazy.|
Please let them bolt and flower. Within 5 minutes of snapping shots, I captured about 4 different pollinators on varied flowers. 'Bee' amazed at what you'll see.