I don't know what these are, but they are so cheerful and the bees seem to love them! There've been a lot more bees in the neighbourhood this year so far, a good sign for sure.
I went to chop the flower shoots off the hostas tonight, as the flowers have mostly had it and are making a real mess, when bzzzz... a bumble bee came bumbling along for some more nectar and pollen. I then realized that even though the flowers looked finished for the season, the bees were still harvesting! Shoot, I felt so bad for jumping the gun!
We decided to leave the last third or so of the flower shoots that I hadn't yet chopped there, so that they have a few left to use up. Sometimes it's so easy to get wrapped up in my human whims of tidiness and order, that I forget how important parts of our yard can be to other creatures.
Tread lightly y'all.