Dandelion Spring

In early spring, I allow my dandelions to bloom to provide food for the bees in my garden.  Then, as the blooms age my garden helper, Barnaby, snacks on them.  It's a nice system. 

 Dandelion bloom

Dandelion bloom

But, sometimes Barnaby gets distracted from his duties.  For instance, he likes to steal my garden hat off my head and dance around the garden.    

So he missed a few flowers and some seed heads developed.  I didn't mind. I pulled out my new macro lens and captured some shots after a rain storm.  I was surprised to discover that dandelion seeds look just like arrows. Don't you agree? 

 Dandelion Arrow

Dandelion Arrow

Saxon Holt is hosting his Picture This--Spring Photo Contest at Gardening Gone Wild for garden  bloggers.  I'm submitting my shot titled, Dandelion Arrow.   

The macro lens is opening up a whole new world to me in the garden.  I've never thought of dandelion seeds as beautiful before.  And now that my garden is in full spring bloom, the dandelions have been weeded out.  I strive to keep my beneficial insects happy.  

What do you grow to make the bees happy in spring?