Bee Nip

Pass by the garden in midsummer and you notice a five foot high wall of green topped by deep purple flowers— “black and blue salvia.”    I chose this plant because it is known to attract pollinators.   What an understatement!

From early morning until dusk, a cloud of bees hovers around. They are so enraptured by the nectar that they barely stir when I rustle the foliage.  Even when I’m trimming, they stay on the branches as I cut and move them. I’ve had an errant honeybee land on me or a carpenter bee challenge me, but not a single sting in eight years. Hummingbirds love it too, but lately, they have to stand in line.   (All images Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 100mm f2.8 macro)

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