I was watering the other day and was surprised by the number of honeybees that I saw on this celosia. It was not something that I expected.
So often when we plant annuals we plant for color or for long blooming time. These plants have performed beyond all expectation, nestled as they are up against a brick wall and a parking lot, in our very dry summer. They’re lucky if they get watered once a week. You all know by now that I am notoriously thrifty with water.
And yet they are thriving and blooming their heads off, as annuals are supposed to do. The fact that the bees love them is quite an unexpected bonus!
As for the mulch–this is my “work” garden. You all also know I don’t mulch at home.