Michaelmas daisies: the harvest and the honeybees

Yesterday was a quarter day. Michaelmas. And out in the garden there are swathes of Michaelmas daisies. In previous years we’ve pulled great clumps of them up, unrecognized. This year they’ve been left to grow unchecked at the edges of the garden while our attention has been focused on the newly-planted areas around the house.

Elsewhere in the garden, beds glow with the deep ruby of sedums; their tiny flowers always a magnet for visiting honeybees throughout the autumn months. But this year they have been abandoned early in favour of the daisies’ starry blooms.

Michaelmas may traditionally mark the end of the harvest for us, but for the honeybees every dry day still counts, and they will continue to gather in what pollen and nectar they can to see them through the winter to come.

Knowing now that the Michaelmas daisies are a firm favourite, I’ll resist pulling them up from here on.

2 thoughts on “Michaelmas daisies: the harvest and the honeybees

  1. A lovely post to read~ Good to hear you are helping the poor bees and especially as these Michaelmas daisy plants are self sown and wild, they will have no chemicals in them systemically, like so many plants that one purchases at plant centres and nurseries these days. , unfortunately. I have been supplementing the food source for some wild bees who have made a nest in my garden this past summer with organic sugar water. We have been in drought conditions till recently so it has been difficult for them. It is lovely to watch them line up in little rows like animals at a trough or watering hole to drink the sugar water.

    1. Hi Val, thanks for stopping by and for commenting. Glad to hear you are giving the bees a helping hand too. You make a good point about the drought conditions – water, as well as nectar and pollen, is incredibly important for them.

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