Off on the forage… hum … we got Salvia here, but it is filled with bees and all kinds of flies. Maybe save that for another post all about the plant after all, Salvia really is a bee magnet.
Looks good though, let’s fly on in.
What might be a plant I would enjoy that the big bumblebees and honeybees can’t squeeze into? Just guessing here, but a plant I can have all to myself. Oh yum, Penstemon.
Not another bee in sight, but I hear this native (almost, it is a named cultivar) pulls in the butterflies and hummingbirds. None of them today. I have seen the Skippers at this juice bar though.
In for a soft landing on the tubular flower. Hey look, they seeded themselves and baby Penstemon are growing all over the place.
They even survive wet winters and hot, humid summers, plus an added bonus, clay soil, dry soil, and pesky deer. My kind of plant, always at the ready. Did you know Penstemon is called beard tongue because the sterile stamen has a pillow of small hairs. Soft and cushy. Focus, I’ve got work to do here.
Now, all I have to do is wiggle myself inside.
Tight squeeze. Heck, it looks bigger than it is. Made it!
Yep, mighty tasty and mighty tight. Backing on out…
Refreshing. But now I have to do something about my hair which is all flattened. Tidy up before…
Love those red leaves… oh, wait. I can’t tell red from green! Tip, the leaves stay more red in partial shade, like those in the back garden. Bees know best!
The next post looks at the Salvia in this post and tells why it is a good garden plant.