No insecticides in my garden on anything that blooms. I eliminated the bagworms by removing the junipers. I'm letting the melyridaes make minimal and merry damage on whatever they want. And I'll put up with momentarily holding a few squirming Japanese beetles in my palm to hear the music of the bees in my garden. How could anyone possibly take a chance on hurting these wholly-innocent and innocently-beautiful creatures? Here, Mr. Bumble is visiting delicious 'Snow Pavement'.
And here, another bee almost covers the private parts of this delicately-veined 'Applejack'.
Fru Dagmar Hastrup' entertains and feeds this street urchin. Look at that perfectly formed bloom against fabulous foliage here in the middle of summer and scorching sun.
Fru's short, nearby gentleman friend, 'Charles Albanel' allows another bumble deep into his double petals. Charles doesn't make as many hips as Fru Dagmar, but he shows off more while he's in flower.
Okay, it's not a rose, it's a Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus 'Blue Bird', to be exact. But it also has its part in feeding the bees in my garden.
One more of 'Snow Pavement'. I'm going to write about 'Snow Pavement' more soon, as she is reaching her mature height and presentation in my garden.. In the meantime, I'll leave you with her soft pink blooms while you contemplate how you're helping the bee species in your garden.