Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Honeybees on New England Asters

New England Asters, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, seem like they were made for honeybees to pollinate. I sat down for five minutes today with mine and it didn't take long before I had this photo. Granted there's probably 20 shots I didn't use, but the bees were making it easy.

The one fault of the New England Aster is it's a top heavy plant that always seems to fall over. I'm seriously considering espaliering the apple tree around it to hold it up. On the up side, fallen over limbs lead to neat side view shots like this.