This time of year finding flowers to forage is very hard work for the honeybees because there aren’t nearly as many blooming as there are in the spring. Even though honeybees aren’t native, they do love many of our native flowers. Right now my American Beautyberry bush is in full bloom, and it’s full of happy honeybees!
The flowers are beautiful and aromatic. Here you can see one of the girls just climbing over the top of the flower cluster.
Here’s another picture and, if you look closely, you can actually see the yellow “pollen baskets” on the honeybees’ legs. Cool!
This is a plant that is native to our area, and it self seeds. I found a tiny one growing in a ditch a few years ago, pulled it up and brought it home. It lives under a big cedar tree and seems so happy there. It’s quite large now…at least 15 feet tall and just as wide! Its flowers will turn to lovely clusters of purple berries soon, and I’ll take more pictures. Until then, if you’d like to see the berries and learn more about how to use these berries, please read more about this wonderful plant HERE. A visit to this Beautyberry shrub is one of the many stops on our farm tour. 🙂