There are a lot more bees in our garden this year than last. That does not mean, I realize, that the crisis of bee survival is abating, but it is nice to know that at least our garden provides bees with good foraging. Here’s a little video of the bees on our anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum).
NOTE: to see the bees, you need to go full screen by clicking the icon at the lower right AFTER you open the video.
They sure do love this plant (though the bumblebees have other favorites). This Agastache is the straight species. It’s too bad that almost all the Agastache sold in garden centers are hybrids. I don’t have anything against the hybrids, which I think are mostly a mix of North American and Asian species. But the straight North American species is hard to beat for flowering, color, and attractiveness to insects. Goldfinches will eat the ripe seeds, and people can make tea from or eat the leaves, which smell strongly of liquorice.
Are there more or fewer bees in your garden this year, and which plant do they love best?