The artichokes in the garden are blooming. I have been delighted by the honeybees attracted to the giant purple flowers. As you can see here, the bees are covered with pollen, but I think what they are really going for is the nectar deep in the blossom. They dive in head first, pollen-dusted tails in the sun. I used to keep bees, when I lived in the Kootenays, and I would love to again. In the meantime, I am glad that I was able to provide some late season excitement for my neighbourhood hive.