Here's to a New Year buzzing with biodiverse gardens for bees! This is a photo of an Epeolini cuckoo bee in a calendula flower taken in my mom's garden in Cactus Lake, Saskatchewan.
Calendula is a member of the aster family, which is an easy-access plant that feeds a wide variety of bees. It blooms from spring to frost, and is a good gap-filler in your garden, especially in early summer and fall when there are fewer options available for bee food.
Thanks to all the gardeners, farmers, restoration specialists, and bee huggers around the world who help keep our bees healthy and our flowers blooming.