Do bees like pollen?

The Rose of Sharon (as my mother always called it when I was growing up, years and years before I started growing my own) is blooming.


There's something missing from this photo though... something just doesn't look right.

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Ah, that's more like it:


The bumble bees love this shrub! Love, love, love. They cannot stay away. The pollen does not bother them at all.



Each year this shrub reseeds like crazy, and each year I consider getting rid of it. Then it blooms...


...and the bees come, and I know that this plant will always be in my garden.


Do I have any on my butt?

I mean, who am I to deny a bee her pollen bath?


(There was a bee flying around with probably double the amount of pollen on it as this last bee. It was amazingly dusty, but it wouldn't come within camera range, darn it.)


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Lancashire rose  – (June 15, 2012 at 6:47 AM)  

Great photo of the bee just reveling in pollen. I have seen similar happenings in the poppies. They must be punch drunk! Happy Bloom day to you and your garden.

Barbie  – (June 15, 2012 at 2:45 PM)  

Haa love the dusty bumble bee!! This looks like a bush for my garden. Is it chicken-safe?

Alan @ It's not work, It's gardening!  – (June 18, 2012 at 7:00 AM)  

Barbie: no idea if it's chicken safe. It's right next to my feather duster tree, so the chickens stay away. ;-) (I don't have chickens)

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