It’s really satisfying to the gardener in me to have planted a plot that is buzzing with bees in mid-September. In spite of light frosts and our normal late-summer drought, my neglected vegetable garden has defaulted to bee forage, though, aside from the asters and calendula, the blooms are decidedly on the wane. Calendula, borage, lavender, Canada thistle, silphium, echinacea, rudbeckia, asters, bread seed poppy,zinnias, silver lace vine, and knapweed are all still contributing nectar and pollen to round out stores and grow fat winter bees.
Some oregano blooms hanging in there. Borage. Asters x-the-street. Really, not much in my digs.
Gotta love the borage. I think if I had been watering it would still be going full bore. I keep wanting to deadhead my lavender and herbs, but every time I get my pruners out, I find pollinators working the hold-out blooms. It will have to stay messy until they’re done, I guess!