A red weedy looking plant popped up in my new beeyard a week or two ago, the kind of plant that looks to my eye like something I’d see in the woods in a clearing alongside an old logging road.
Tiny flowers bloomed on the red weedy plant a couple days ago and today, even though it’s a cold hazy day like it’s been all week, the bees were all over the flowers.
I was informed today that the plant is called Sorrel and the leaves are edible, kind of the tangy side, though not so delectable for humans once they’ve gone to seed.
Whatever is going on, the bees seem to appreciate the sorrel as a source of pollen. Here’s a video I shot on my phone and my regular camera to prove it:
It’s a boring video for normal people, but beekeepers who pay attention to this kind of thing probably don’t meet the definition of normal too often. So be it.
None of the above photos show what the sorrel really looks like. It doesn’t look like anything. It looks like a low-to-the-ground dirty weed, like this: