Is this really a Garden Party?

jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)October 2, 2013

I don't have all the stuff for posting all at one time, so you gotta peek at each one in order!
How about if I say please?

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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

This is yesterday afternoon.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 8:42AM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

And, of all places, this was in my garden.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 8:43AM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Lots of fun, nice guests.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 8:44AM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

They all had a good time!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 8:45AM
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lilosophie

Great pictures, that is what I call a party! Where are you located that you still have such active bees? And what are the flowers,? they are nice.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 8:53AM
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surya55_gw

...made me smile- good shot! Indeed- where are these busy bees?

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 10:30AM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

The yellow flower is Helenium Autumnale (autumn sneezeweed) that is part of the huge aster family. I have a wildflower garden in the back yard that has this, along with New England Asters. Nearby is Helianthus (perennial sunflower) that kept the bees happy for 2 months. There also is Pink Chiffon Rose of Sharon and Russian Sage, both of which are done for the summer. Also Echinacea and Catmint draw them in. They are all bee magnets and those pollinators help with my veggies.

I have no idea where their hive is. We live in east central Illinois. They don't bother anyone, they have their own priorities. It is so neat just to be near them and hear the buzzing that they create.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 1:00PM
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shymilfromchi

What beautiful photographs. We live in Chicago and the bees were slow to find us through the spring until August, but now they are in overdrive. We only saw one butterfly (it was a Monarch) all summer, although we have plenty of the flowers that they like. Where did they party?

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 4:14PM
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anneliese_32(6)

That really is a party. I have not seen this many bees all year long. Don't know what happened around here, 2 bees despite flowers and blooming herbs, a few wasps and 1 bumblebee. I am out a lot, so it has nothing to do with just not seeing them.
Those are great pictures, thanks Jim.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 4:15PM
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mawheel

What nice pictures--both the flowers and bees; "autumn sneezeweed" is very pretty.

Thanks, Jim, for sharing the pictures.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 6:11PM
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gabriell_gw

I love your pictures. It's great that you have bees.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 6:38PM
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west_gardener

Luv the pictures of the bee party. You are a good host.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 6:54PM
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Janis_G(z7GA)

It's a Honey of a Party, Jim.

Great pics, and thank you for sharing.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2013 at 10:11PM
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AlanEc

Thanks for sharing, excellent photos!

    Bookmark   October 6, 2013 at 6:01AM
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gmatx zone 6

Jim, I bet the bees are planning already for next year's party! Great pictures. Thanks so much for joining Garden Party. We all love pictures here.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2013 at 2:01PM
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