Viva La Pansies!
Pansies aren't bee plants.
But don't tell that to the bees. True, bees are partial to the lavenders, the mints, the salvias, thyme, basil, borage, oregano, sunflowers and the like, but it's winter and their food sources are scarce.
Lately, as the temperatures stretch upward into the 50s for several hours a day, we've been seeing a few bees on our pansies.
The pansy, in some respects, is like the mail carrier...."Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet..." Despite the weather, the pansy manages to thrive. Its colorful, sunny face seems to define its personality.
On Christmas Day, we noticed a few pansies slouching, slumping and sagging.
But the bees didn't seem to mind.
Pansies are food.
After all, the name, pansy, means "thought" (pensée) in French.
Food for thought...
Honey bee foraging on a pansy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee heads toward a drooping pansy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee ready for take-off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee keeps a wary eye on the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)