It has been mentioned before, that bees in the garden seem to have very definite tastes. It doesn't matter how bright the flowers, how large, if they smother the plant, or if there is just one. It seems bees like what bees like.
In some cases this is understandable; complex flowers, no nectar or flowering when it is too cold. In the case of aloe striatula the lack of bees never made sense. If you have ever looked at A. striatula flowers they drip with nectar, the flowers are covered, the top leaves are covered. If there was ever a plant that provides a perfect bee filling station it should be this one.
There is the issue that the flowers are not form the UK, they are not designed for bees, but the amount of liquid dripping onto the leaves makes easy pickings. It has been observed that bees tend to stay away from plants they have not come across before and it's only when a bee finds them, perhaps by accident, then reports back that others identify the flowers as a food source. This seems to have been the case in the garden a couple of days ago. From no bees, to bees all over the flowers.
20 minutes trying to get a photo, and that I end up with is a blur
and more blurs.
So while no amazing photos, it is great to actually hear the plants buzzing as more bees arrive each day. Maybe they taste is not so curious afterall.