I haven’t been seeing many honeybees on our flowers. I think they have been spending most of their time up in the trees. However, this morning, they came down from the treetops for a good thing! The lacy phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia) was buzzing with honeybees. There were hover flies and bumblebees and wasps and other pollinators there too. I read that this plant was very good for attracting beneficial insects and butterflies and has been used by farmers as a cover crop and green manure. I planted the lacy phacelia in between my garlic and next to the beets as an experiment. These tall purple blooms are so full of life! I had dozens and dozens of opportunities to take portraits with my camera so that I could get a few right.
UPDATE: The lacy phacelia is still blooming but only near the beet patch. After a rainstorm, soon after this original post; the flowers flopped all over the garlic and I had to cut them down so as not to permanently damage the garlic. I love this plant. It is a magnet for beneficial insects. I will not use them for interplanting however. That was a mistake. I will plant them again next year in its own bed. I can see using this plant for early season and summer, dropping it down for mulch, and then planting a fall crop. That is what I’d like to try next year.