On a sunny October afternoon, the Frostweed, Verbesina virginica, is in full bloom mode.
A stately native perennial to Texas and other places as well, Frostweed attracts those who pollinate for a living. This Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, no doubt on his way to Mexico, rests on the Frostweed,
…while sipping nectar to re-fuel for the rest of his long trip. He’s only the third or fourth Monarch to visit my gardens. I hope there will be more.
One of my hived honeybees graciously shares her food bar space with the migrating Monarch.
There are plenty of life-giving, yummy nectar and pollen rich blossoms this time of year. In beekeeper-speak, Central Texas is experiencing nectar flow, meaning lots of honey is being produced because there are so many flowers in full, autumn flush.
In concert with the blooming Frostweed, Goldeneye, Viguiera dentata, is another native perennial at its height in flowering.
My forager honeybees don’t travel far to find what they need for their hive,
…while Goldeneye conjures rays of sunshine in the garden. Oh happy autumn blooms!