Ann, yes, the bees love the flowers of the leeks. I always let several of the plants go to flower in the second year for seed gathering and the bees, they love it, so do other beneficials!!! They also love and I mean LOVE the Sea Holly (Eryngium Planum). I have several mother plants that have produced many babies. It is a perennial -- the first year only grew the rosette type foliage, as nothing at all to look at and no flowers. Last summer it bloomed for an extensive period of time, covered an area of about 10 feet (there was 6 plants), set a whole wack of baby plants that will bloom this year, which will cover an enormous area. It set millions of seeds, I transplanted quite a few of the young seedlings last year to different spots around the apiary, when they were quite young, because they have an extremely long tap root, which makes them very drought resistant. They are also used for soil erosion purposes because of the root system. The bees and all manner of beneficials that covered these plants all day long was astounding. It was like a little world of bugs all living on top of one plant. The soldier bugs particularly liked it, I think I would have called it their breeding ground, man do they like to breed, prolific little things!!!!
I took the seed heads when I cut the sea holly back last summer and spread them all over the back perimeter of my property, they can grow wild back there for all I care, so I expect to see a blue border all along my neighbours pasture fences the year after next. These won't bloom this year. With the bee gardens all over my acreage, it is a big picture, looking to the years ahead. I have pounds of seed of this if you want a handful, hee, hee. Have a beautiful and wonderful day, we be lovin' this life we live. Cindi
Bees on the leek flowers, unopened
Sea Holly (Eryngium planum)
The bombus also love Sea Holly
The bees also love Garlic Chives' flowers (yes, and so do I, yummmmmeeeee, the flowers have the most beautiful fragrance you can imagine, no wonder the bees are attracted to it)