Keith, yep, a bee butt!!! The bees actually climb right inside the flower, seen them, it is cool to watch, no worries about their tongue being long enough to reach the nectaries, they just climb right in.
I plant Phacelia tanacetifolia two times throughout the summer. The first group of phacelia that has self-seeded from last year, and let me tell ya, it is everywhere!!! is now being to bloom. I will sow more seed pretty soon, and then more around the middle of July, that way the bloom is continuous. Phacelia, in my neck of the woods will bloom continuously until about the middle of July, then the plants set the seeds. Those are removed and the new phacelias that I have set the seeds for below them will grow up to replace the original plants. It is succession sowing. Phacelia sets seed and comes into bloom very quickly, I think it is about 6 weeks from seed set to bloom, very much like buckwheat, it is the same. I succession sow that too.
Borage blooms about the same time as the phacelia, that is coming into bloom now too. I will sow borage seed in other places (as I do phacelia) to bring on those blooms that will provide extreme nectar/pollen for the bees all summer long.
Keith, about the impatiens capensis. I have no clue. I recall a thread quite some time ago where I had spoken of this plant and it would appear that many of our forum friends said that they have that growing wild all over the states too. I can't recall the locales of where these grow, but it seems very common, everywhere. The capensis grows the best at my place alongside the ravine that runs along part of our property. This area is bordered by bushes and trees and is quite moist, it grows like wildfire there. I have not seen it growing yet on the other side of our property where it is drier. It just hasn't migrated there yet, it seems to say on this southern edge. I have seed, I should set it on the drier part of the property and see if it will naturalize there. Do a little research on the plant and check it out, you may be able to grow it there with no problems, plants have a strong will to survive.
Echium......I recall a post about that and I need to peruse that, which I will do, I think Ann (Reinbeau) spoke highly of it, if my memory serves.
This is going to be a great thread, I can tell, bring it on!!! Have a most beautiful wonderful day, summer it be coming around the corner, if the rain ever stops, hee, hee. Love life, love ourselves and have fun!! Cindi