We have been harvesting and eating cabbage for over a month. We still have several cabbages growing in the first garden bed. The cauliflower plants haven’t started making heads yet, but the kale is growing well. We’ll eat kale in the fall; a frost is supposed to improve the flavor.
At the other end of the bed, the cabbage greens and roots that grew (some didn’t) are long gone. We pulled most of them out after they started to form flower heads. Many “volunteer” plants are growing there now: dill, cilantro, morning glory, shiso, and marigolds all grew from seeds left by plants that grew there in previous years. A couple of mustard greens are flowering too.
The dill and cilantro flowers (like many herb flowers) attract many pollinators.
There are probably some bees in the mix, but I mostly saw wasps and a few ants. All of those insects are in the order Hymenoptera. Butterflies sometimes visit these flowers too, and the black swallowtail butterfly feeds on dill as a caterpillar.
This wasp is fairly large, perhaps an inch (25 mm) long, and was flying around the entire area. I’ve also seen these wasps visit other flowers in my garden, such as onion flowers.
Look at how the hooks on the wasp’s legs help it cling to the flower! The ant in the background was also busily visiting dill flowers.
This wasp is a little smaller than the all-black wasp above, perhaps 2/3 inch (16 mm) long.
This wasp spent a lot of time on this clump of dill flowers and didn’t seem to mind having my camera lens so close to it. There were many smaller insects visiting the flowers that I didn’t photograph. This may be a mason or potter wasp, similar to Monobia quadridens.
The dill flowers seemed to attract the largest number of pollinators, but in the adjacent garden bed (number two) that has mostly dill flowers and few cilantro or other flowers, there weren’t very many pollinators.