I have a field full of goldenrod. Mowing and discing it a couple years ago benefited the goldenrod more than anything else, and now there is less grass, clover and diversity than before.
I’m ok with that, for now. I have a bee forage field now, and it seems like the bees are coming from miles around for it.
I barely saw any bumblebees all spring and summer; I was worried. It was notable when I did see one. But when the goldenrod started, the bees were back in bigger numbers than ever. Now I’m finding them in water buckets, in my hair, in the house – getting into their usual trouble. Just about every flower head has a half dozen bees bumbling around in it, and looking over the top of the field, it’s just dotted with bees dangling in the flowers and their hum is a quiet roar. They sleep in the goldenrod, too. In the morning they are all stock still (it’s cold), just paused in their work. Some of my honeybees are among them but most are bumbles, and the goldenrod has a long season, with flowers ripening in stages, and even parts of the same plant blooming in succession. It’s a big bee party.