Bees Favourite Forage
Updated: Dec 6, 2019
Have you ever noticed bees on a particular bloom and another is passed by? 🐝
Dandelion the wildflower that will survive an apocalypse. First flowers to appear each spring are especially valued since they help to establish a resident bee population which is needed throughout the growing season.
Tulips are long established eye-candy for humans but bees skip them. May I suggest a patch of Grape Hyacinth instead. Bees prefer small clusters of flowers. Think about the energy spent for a bee to get down into the base of a long petaled tulip compared to the hop-along pace of collecting from the multitude of little hyacinth clusters.
Primrose blooms attract honeybees and other pollinators. It blooms seem to last all summer and late into the fall.
Marigold flowers have low pollen and no fragrance so they simply do not attract bees. However, marigolds are rockstars in a vegetable garden to repel unwanted insects.
Asters bloom long into the fall and bees depend on these late bloomers for winter stores of pollen and nectar.
Siberian Motherwort (Leonurus Cardiaca) is my all time favourite and I saved a ton seeds to plant for our local bees this spring. It blooms in mid summer and remains hearty long into first frosts. Bees of all sorts frequent the multitude of tiny purple blooms.
Show some love to bees by planting forage they can use. Early and late blooming plants especially. Yellow is a bee favourite but fragrance is a factor too. Small clustered flowers are preferred over long pedals. What are the bees favourite flowers in your neighbourhood, fields, or ditches?
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